ungainly

  • 1 Ungainly — Un*gain ly, a. [OE. ungeinliche, adv., fr. ungein inconvenient; un + Icel. gegn ready, serviceable; adv., against, opposite. See {Un } not, and {Gain}, a., {Again}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not gainly; not expert or dexterous; clumsy; awkward; uncouth; …

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  • 2 Ungainly — Un*gain ly, adv. In an ungainly manner. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 ungainly — [ungān′lē] adj. [ME ungeinliche < ungein, perilous (< un , not + ON gegn, ready, serviceable, akin to OE gegn: see AGAIN) + liche, LY1] 1. awkward; clumsy 2. coarse and unattractive adv. Archaic in an ungainly manner ungainliness n …

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  • 4 ungainly — index incompetent, inelegant, inept (incompetent), uncouth Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 ungainly — (adj.) 1610s, originally unfit, improper, from M.E. ungeinliche, from ungein (c.1400) inconvenient (from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + O.N. gegn convenient ) + like …

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  • 6 ungainly — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ clumsy; awkward. DERIVATIVES ungainliness noun. ORIGIN from obsolete gainly «graceful», from an Old Norse word meaning straight …

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  • 7 ungainly — adjective Etymology: obsolete gain direct, from Middle English gayn, geyn, from Old English gēn, from Old Norse gegn, from gegn, preposition, against; akin to Old English gēan against more at again Date: 1611 1. a. lacking in smoothness or… …

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  • 8 ungainly — [[t]ʌnge͟ɪnli[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe a person, animal, or vehicle as ungainly, you mean that they look awkward or clumsy, often because they are big. The dog, an ungainly mongrel pup, was loping about the road... Paul swam in his… …

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  • 9 ungainly — ungainliness, n. /un gayn lee/, adj., ungainlier, liest, adv. adj. 1. not graceful; awkward; unwieldy; clumsy: an ungainly child; an ungainly prose style. adv. 2. in an awkward manner. [1150 1200; (adv.) ME ungeinliche, equiv. to un UN 1 + later… …

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  • 10 ungainly — adj. Ungainly is used with these nouns: ↑walk …

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  • 11 ungainly — un|gain|ly [ʌnˈgeınli] adj [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: gainly proper, graceful, pleasing (14 20 centuries), from gain direct, kind, useful (10 19 centuries), from Old Norse gegn] moving in a way that does not look graceful ▪ a tall ungainly… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 ungainly — adjective moving in a way that does not look graceful: I had been a tall, ungainly teenager with a bad haircut and National Health glasses. ungainliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 ungainly — adjective they were as ungainly as fifth grade boys taking dance lessons in a foot of snow Syn: awkward, clumsy, klutzy, ungraceful, graceless, inelegant, gawky, maladroit, gauche, uncoordinated; archaic lubberly Ant: graceful …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 ungainly — adjective a) clumsy; lacking grace. b) difficult to move or to manage; unwieldy …

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  • 15 ungainly — Synonyms and related words: all thumbs, awkward, blunderheaded, blundering, boorish, bumbling, bungling, butterfingered, careless, clownish, clumsy, clumsy fisted, cumbersome, fingers all thumbs, fumbling, gauche, gawkish, gawky, graceless, ham… …

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  • 16 ungainly — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. awkward, clumsy; gawky, ungraceful, lumbering; grotesque. See ugliness, unskillfulness. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. clumsy, gawky, inexpert; see awkward 1 , rude 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a …

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  • 17 ungainly — un|gain|ly [ ʌn geınli ] adjective not moving in an attractive or graceful way ╾ un|gain|li|ness noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 ungainly — un·gain·ly || ÊŒn geɪnlɪ adj. awkward, clumsy, lacking grace …

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  • 19 ungainly — adjective clumsy; awkward. Derivatives ungainliness noun Origin C17: from un 1 + obs. gainly graceful , based on ON gegn straight …

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  • 20 ungainly — a. Clumsy, awkward, uncouth, uncourtly, inelegant, clownish, boorish, gawky, loutish, lubberly, lumbering, slouching, ungraceful, stiff …

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