- not graceful; awkward; unwieldy; clumsy: an ungainly child; an ungainly prose style.
- in an awkward manner.
Origin of ungainly
Examples from the Web for ungainly
A 36-story tower designed by Rafael Vinoly nicknamed the “walkie-talkie” curves outward as it rises, ungainly and jarring.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland
September 17, 2014
This ungainly man soon percolated in my own melancholic imagination.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
I imagine he made an ungainly lunge at her, which she again rejected and which left her seriously upset.Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer
January 26, 2014
But in their ungainly, old fashioned ways, books and records beat their digital equivalents in every category but convenience.New Pew Poll Finds That E-Books Are Booming but Print Holds Its Own
January 19, 2014
It has lost some of its ungainly enthusiasm, its sloppy joy, its achingly self-conscious hipster attitude.The Look That Defined Fashion Week
September 16, 2011
The animal waddled toward the centre of the circle, short and squat and ungainly.
It was ridiculous and ungainly, lying there on his back with legs sprawling in the air.
Then, from the ungainly hoyden had been evolved this charming, delicate and lovely creature.Doctor Pascal
The ungainly little Scot did not leave the Wythburn district.The Shadow of a Crime
Thousands of ungainly boats, rafts and scows were waiting to be launched.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- lacking grace when moving
- difficult to move or use; unwieldy
- rare crude or coarse
- rare clumsily
Word Origin and History for ungainly
1610s, originally "unfit, improper," from Middle English ungeinliche, from ungein (c.1400) "inconvenient" (from un- (1) "not" + Old Norse gegn "convenient") + -like.