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4 definitions found
 for ungainly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ungainly \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.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Not gainly; not expert or dexterous; clumsy; awkward;
        uncouth; as, an ungainly strut in walking.
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              His ungainly figure and eccentric manners.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     2. Unsuitable; unprofitable. [Obs.] --Hammond.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ungainly \Un*gain"ly\, adv.
     In an ungainly manner.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  ungainly
      adj 1: 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" [syn: gawky, clumsy, clunky,
             ungainly, unwieldy]
      2: 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" [syn: awkward,
         bunglesome, clumsy, ungainly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "ungainly":
     all thumbs, awkward, blunderheaded, blundering, boorish, bumbling,
     bungling, butterfingered, careless, clownish, clumsy,
     clumsy-fisted, cumbersome, fingers all thumbs, fumbling, gauche,
     gawkish, gawky, graceless, ham-fisted, ham-handed, heavy-handed,
     hulking, hulky, inelegant, left-hand, left-handed, loutish,
     lubberly, lumbering, lumpish, maladroit, oafish, ponderous, sloppy,
     splay, stiff, uncouth, ungraced, ungraceful, unhandy, unwieldy
  
  

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