• (RP, GA) IPA: /ʌnˈɡeɪnli/

ungainly (comparative ungainlier, superlative ungainliest)

  1. Clumsy; lack#Verb|lacking grace.
    • 1962, Edward [Ronald] Weismiller, chapter XI, in The Serpent Sleeping, New York, N.Y.: Putnam, OCLC 1495943; republished London; Portland, Or.: Frank Cass Publishers, 1998, ISBN 978-0-7146-4729-6, page 169 ↗:
      His body, though thin, looked oversized and ungainly, his limbs poorly knit together; he appeared to conquer his tendency to awkwardness by making only the smallest, most deliberate of movements.
  2. Difficult to move#Verb|move or to manage; unwieldy.
  3. (obsolete) Unsuitable; unprofitable.
Translations Translations Noun

ungainly (plural ungainlies)

  1. (rare) An ungainly person or thing.

ungainly (comparative ungainlier, superlative ungainliest)

  1. (obsolete) In an ungainly#Adjective|ungainly or unbecoming manner; improperly; undeservedly, unduly; unsuitably.

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