Definitions for ungainlyʌnˈgeɪn li
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
un•gain•lyʌnˈgeɪn li(adj.; adv.)-li•er, li•est
(adj.)not graceful; awkward; unwieldy; clumsy.
(adv.)in an awkward manner.
Origin of ungainly:
1605–15; un -1+ obs. gainly proper, gracious, ME gaynlich, der. of geyn straight, well-disposed (< ON gegn straight, direct)
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"
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"
clumsy; lacking grace.
difficult to move or to manage; unwieldy.
Origin: From un- + gegn + -ly.
not gainly; not expert or dexterous; clumsy; awkward; uncouth; as, an ungainly strut in walking
in an ungainly manner
Translations for ungainly
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
awkward, clumsy or ungraceful
She is rather large and ungainly.
- onhandig, lompAfrikaans
- أخْرَق، فَظ، غَيْر رَشيقArabic
- desajeitadoPortuguese (BR)
- αδέξιος, άχαροςGreek
- desgarbado, torpeSpanish
- دست و پاچلفتیFarsi
- nezgrapan, ružanCroatian
- goffo, sgraziatoItalian
- neveikls; lempīgsLatvian
- canggung, kekokMalay
- klosset, keitetNorwegian
- neobratný, ťarbavýSlovak
- neroden, kladastSlovenian
- klumpig, otympligSwedish
- 笨拙的Chinese (Trad.)
- незграбний, вайлуватийUkrainian
- بھدا، بدشکلUrdu
- vụng vềVietnamese
- 笨拙的Chinese (Simp.)
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