What does ungainly mean?

Definitions for ungainlyʌnˈgeɪn li

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ungainly.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. gawky, clumsy, clunky, ungainly, unwieldy(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. awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly(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"


  1. ungainly(Adjective)

    clumsy; lacking grace.

  2. ungainly(Adjective)

    difficult to move or to manage; unwieldy.

  3. Origin: From un- + gegn + -ly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ungainly(adj)

    not gainly; not expert or dexterous; clumsy; awkward; uncouth; as, an ungainly strut in walking

  2. Ungainly(adj)

    unsuitable; unprofitable

  3. Ungainly(adverb)

    in an ungainly manner

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ungainly

    un-gān′li, adj. awkward: clumsy: uncouth.—adv. in an awkward manner.—n. Ungain′liness. [M. E. un-gein, inconvenient—A.S. un-, not, Ice. gegn, ready, serviceable.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ungainly in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ungainly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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