Definition of ungainly adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʌnˈɡeɪnli//
; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈɡeɪnli//
Position and movement
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moving in a way that is not smooth or elegant synonym awkward He was a tall, ungainly boy of 18. I felt very ungainly in the diving suit. See related entries: Position and movement Word Originmid 17th cent.: from un- ‘not’ + obsolete gainly ‘graceful’, based on Old Norse gegn ‘straight’.
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