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Meaning of UNGAINLY

Pronunciation:  un'geynlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  lacking grace in movement or posture; "a gawky lad with long ungainly legs"; "clumsy fingers"; "what an ungainly creature a giraffe is"; "heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"
  2. [adj]  difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape; "an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"

UNGAINLY is a 8 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, clunky, gawky, unmanageable, unwieldy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Un*gain"ly\, a. [OE. ungeinliche, adv., fr. ungein
    inconvenient; un- + Icel. gegn ready, serviceable; adv.,
    against, opposite. See {Un-} not, and {Gain}, a., {Again}.]
    1. Not gainly; not expert or dexterous; clumsy; awkward;
       uncouth; as, an ungainly strut in walking.
             His ungainly figure and eccentric manners.
    2. Unsuitable; unprofitable. [Obs.] --Hammond.
  2. \Un*gain"ly\, adv.
    In an ungainly manner.