ungainly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From un- + Old Norse gegn (fit, honest) + -ly.

Adjective[edit]

ungainly (comparative ungainlier, superlative ungainliest)

  1. clumsy; lacking grace.
    • Macaulay
      His ungainly figure and eccentric manners.
  2. difficult to move or to manage; unwieldy.
  3. (obsolete) unsuitable; unprofitable
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