Definition of ungainly in English:

ungainly

Line breaks: un|gain¦ly
Pronunciation: /ʌnˈgeɪnli
 
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adjective

Derivatives

ungainliness

noun
More example sentences
  • How to explain why I find the clunking metaphor of the train charming in its ungainliness?
  • Her miniaturized right arm, with spindly thumb and splayed fingers, seems at once grotesque, vulnerable and oddly lovely; then again, her whole slightly rumpled posture conveys a mix of ungainliness and grace.
  • My point, here, is that our curricula our pedagogies might be energized by the unwieldiness, the ungainliness, of both our current and our earlier historical names, and by our necessary historical revisions of those names.

Origin

mid 17th century: from un-1 'not' + obsolete gainly 'graceful', based on Old Norse gegn 'straight'.

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