[ geyn-lee ]
/ ˈgeɪn li /


graceful; comely; handsome.

Origin of gainly

First recorded in 1850–55; probably back formation from ungainly

Related forms

gain·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gainly

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

    The Martian|George Du Maurier
  • Jewel of beauty surpassing, passing before me,Gainly of gait as olifant-king.

    Vidyapati Bangiya Padabali|Vidyapati Thakura

British Dictionary definitions for gainly


/ (ˈɡeɪnlɪ) obsolete, or dialect /


graceful or well-formed; shapely


conveniently or suitably

Derived Forms

gainliness, noun
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