Origin of gainly

First recorded in 1850–55; probably back formation from ungainly
Related formsgain·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of gainly

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

  • 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
  1. conveniently or suitably
Derived Formsgainliness, noun
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