What does ungainly mean?

Definitions for ungainly
ʌnˈgeɪn liun·gain·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gawky, clumsy, clunky, ungainly, unwieldyadjective

    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, ungainlyadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. ungainlyadjective

    clumsy; lacking grace.

    Etymology: From un- + gegn + -ly.

  2. ungainlyadjective

    difficult to move or to manage; unwieldy.

    Etymology: From un- + gegn + -ly.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ungainlyadjective

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

  2. Ungainlyadjective

    unsuitable; unprofitable

  3. Ungainlyadverb

    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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of ungainly in a Sentence

  1. Ross MacPhee:

    Despite their ungainly appearance, different species of glyptodonts occupied habitats as distinct as open grassland and dense woodland, all the way from Patagonia to the southern parts of the continental United States, although their disappearance has been blamed on human depredation as well as climate change, some species persisted into the early part of the modern or Holocene epoch, long after the disappearance of mammoths and saber-toothed cats. Like the loss of giant ground sloths, mastodons, and dozens of other remarkable mammalian species, the precise cause of the New World megafaunal extinctions remains uncertain.

  2. Jens Falkenberg:

    I can’t imagine Peter having killed her intentionally, but I can imagine an accident happening, the submarine is an ungainly place and you move around awkwardly. Perhaps she fell and broke her neck.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Molten gold thrown on ground solidifies into an ungainly mass, but put in moulds becomes attractive jewelry. Similarly, unarticulated thoughts reduced to writing will be nothing, but meaningless jumble; whereas, proper reasoned and structured thoughts expressed in writing become meaningful, and if well written, can become masterpieces of literature

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Molten gold thrown of ground solidifies into an ungainly mass, but put in moulds becomes attractive jewelry. Similarly, unarticulated thoughts reduced to writing will be nothing but meaningless jumble; whereas, properly reasoned and structured thoughts expressed in writing become meaningful, and if well written, can become masterpieces of literature.

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