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  1. graceful; comely; handsome.
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Origin of gainly

First recorded in 1850–55; probably back formation from ungainly
Related formsgain·li·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Jewel of beauty surpassing, passing before me,Gainly of gait as olifant-king.

    Vidyapati Bangiya Padabali

    Vidyapati Thakura

  • He wanted quite desperately to love something staid and feminine and gainly and well bred, whatever its age!

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

British Dictionary definitions for gainly


  1. graceful or well-formed; shapely
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  1. conveniently or suitably
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Derived Formsgainliness, noun
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