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gainly

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡeɪnli
 
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Definition of gainly in English:

adjective

archaic
Graceful and well-proportioned: this is not a commodious alley, or a gainly street, but it has class

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'suitable, fitting'): from obsolete gain 'straight', from Old Norse gegn.

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