[ US /ənˈɡeɪnɫi/ ]
[ UK /ʌnɡˈe‍ɪnli/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. lacking grace in movement or posture
    a gawky lad with long ungainly legs
    clumsy fingers
    heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair
    what an ungainly creature a giraffe is
  2. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
    an awkward bundle to carry
    clumsy wooden shoes
    the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl
    a load of bunglesome paraphernalia
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How To Use ungainly In A Sentence

  • That most people walk in an ungraceful, ungainly and awkward manner with a forward inclination of the body does not mean that it is the normal way of walking.
  • Billings was a clumsy, maladroit man, his fingers astonishingly competent with a wireless set, his other limbs ungainly and shambling. IN LOVE AND WAR
  • The gangling forward may appear ungainly but he finished his run into the area to latch on to a through ball with a neat stab past him.
  • But their lack of harmoniousness yields an ungainly charm, familiar and easy to settle into.
  • He sat back in the open coach, "hunched" together in an ungainly heap, looking neither to the right nor the left, evincing no consciousness of the existence of the shouting throngs that lined the pavements ten deep, other than by raising, with the lifeless precision of a mechanical toy, the cocked hat he wore as part of the uniform of a British colonel. Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life,
  • How could a player who looked so ungainly have scored quite so many goals? Times, Sunday Times
  • Seeing how terribly the trip strained the ungainly mother, Indira was amazed at her stoic determination to continue.
  • But if you spend most of your mobile life writing texts or making calls, you'll probably find these touchscreen divas rather ungainly and overpriced. Times, Sunday Times
  • Ungainly, provokable, I batted at the wisecracks and taunts of my peers as at a swarm of wasps. LIGHT FINGERS
  • That most people walk in an ungraceful, ungainly and awkward manner with a forward inclination of the body does not mean that it is the normal way of walking.
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