[uhn-greys-fuh l]


lacking charm or elegance; awkward.

Origin of ungraceful

First recorded in 1660–70; un-1 + graceful
Related formsun·grace·ful·ly, adverbun·grace·ful·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for ungraceful

Historical Examples of ungraceful

  • Must we make the ungraceful confession that Gerald was not very much in love!

    Gerald Fitzgerald

    Charles James Lever

  • "It was all there," but all unseemly, ungraceful, undignified; for Polly Dill was pretty.


    Charles James Lever

  • He was long and lean and angular, and his positions were ungraceful.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • A new fashion of dress seems at first to be absurd, ungraceful, or indecent.


    William Graham Sumner

  • The sharp, and yet not ungraceful, retorts which I mentioned may be instanced as follows.