- The definition of ungainly is someone who is awkward or clumsy.
A person who is always tripping over his own two feet is an example of someone who would be described as ungainly.
- awkward; clumsy
- coarse and unattractive
Origin: Middle English ungeinliche from ungein, perilous (from un-, not plush Old Norse gegn, ready, serviceable, akin to Old English gegn: see again) plush -liche, -ly
- ungainliness noun
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adjective un·gain·li·er, un·gain·li·est
- Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
- Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.
Origin: un-1 + obsolete gainly, proper (from Middle English gainli, from gain, from Old Norse gegn, direct).
- un·gainˈli·ness noun