Ungainly meaning

ŭn-gānlē
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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.

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Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
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Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.
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Awkward; clumsy.
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Coarse and unattractive.
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(archaic) In an ungainly manner.
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Clumsy; lacking grace.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
ungainly
Comparative
ungainliest
Superlative
ungainliest

Origin of ungainly

  • un– obsolete gainly proper (from Middle English gainli) (from gain) (from Old Norse gegn direct)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From un- + Old Norse gegn (“fit, honest") + -ly.

    From Wiktionary