adjective, un·gain·li·er, un·gain·li·est.
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|Clive Irving|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This ungainly man soon percolated in my own melancholic imagination.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President|Tom LeClair|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|John Suchet|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Malcolm Jones|January 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It has lost some of its ungainly enthusiasm, its sloppy joy, its achingly self-conscious hipster attitude.
He had a tall, ungainly figure, made more ungainly by his odd, absent ways; but withal he was an unmistakable gentleman.Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances|Juliana Horatia Ewing
In the distance passes and disappears the ungainly figure of an ostrich.The Desert World|Arthur Mangin
Outside they met Jim Heron, a tall, ungainly man who glared at them with piercing eyes.Gypsies of the Air|Bess Moyer
She had not a good feature, not even a good point about her ungainly figure.The Children's Pilgrimage|L. T. Meade
One described it as an “ungainly craft looking precisely like a backwoods sawmill mounted on a scow and set on fire.”Historic Inventions|Rupert S. Holland
British Dictionary definitions for ungainly
adjective -lier or -liest
Word Origin for ungainly
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.