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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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