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  • At that she flung her head high, spun on her ungainly legs and gallumphed back down the ridge apparently more indignant than afraid.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • We struggle with the ungainly thing, making all kinds of clanking noises as we wobble down the stairs.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I glanced down to see that the two pieces of material that joined at the side of my right leg had torn apart, sending frayed pieces of silk thread shooting upward in an ungainly fringe.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Merrick was skinny and ungainly, with the Whitshanks’ definite jaw that looked better on the men than on the women, and that summer she was wearing her hair in a dramatic new style, flaring out on the left side but pressed flat to her skull on the right, so that it looked as if she were perpetually being buffeted by a strong wind.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • While he talks, he makes ungainly movements and bumps the table so that the spoons clatter in their bowls.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Even in the curtained gloom the ungainly bulk beside me was unmistakable.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • So it was deliberate, this flaunting of his twisted legs and ungainly waddle on the long progress to his seat.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Might the ungainly package be mistaken for garbage and tossed in the incinerator?
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Ralph remembered the ungainly figure on a parachute.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Pierre was ungainly.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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  • I was ungainly, awkward, a fat kid.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • When he missed the ball with an ungainly swing of the leg, they were there to cover for him, but always subtly, and never in a way that demeaned him or his effort.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • I had slid down the seat and slept the night through in an ungainly position.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Mad-Eye Moody was doing an extremely ungainly two-step with Professor Sinistra, who was nervously avoiding his wooden leg.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The person of this individual was to the last degree ungainly, without being in any particular manner deformed.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • They fled like soft, ungainly animals.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Her feet tangled in the hem of her robe and she fell to the carpet with an ungainly thump.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • His figure was a little ungainly, as in the days when my knuckles had taken such liberties with it, but it looked as if it would always be light and young.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It was ridiculous and ungainly, lying there on his back with legs sprawling in the air.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He was lank and ungainly but, even with his wooden peg, he moved as swiftly as a snake.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He wore them with the careless impertinence of utter ease in the unbecoming, and the very grotesqueness of his appearance became a declaration of his superiority, a superiority great enough to warrant disregard of so much ungainliness.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • She took a long time twisting herself into her girdle, hooking garters to her stockings, pulling on an ungainly, expensive tweed suit.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Her legs were as big around as the stumps of trees, and she moved with an ungainly shuffle.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Its back was corrugated and ornamented with ungainly bosses, and a greenish incrustation blotched it here and there.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Six or seven times larger than even the most luxurious of office spaces, the knight’s cabinet de travail resembled an ungainly hybrid of science laboratory, archival library, and indoor flea market.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The animal had an ungainly body with a striped beak that it kept tucked against its breast like a pompous old man, a white head and neck, and a sooty torso.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It was a sight to see the figure Don Quixote made, long, lank, lean, and yellow, his garments clinging tight to him, ungainly, and above all anything but agile.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I’m just something very ungainly that you’vemarried.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • He had pitched, as I have said, against the bulwarks, where he lay like some horrible, ungainly sort of puppet, life-size, indeed, but how different from life’s colour or life’s comeliness!
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • The ungainly thumping of her heartbeats evened, shaping out time.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • How surprised must the fishes be to see this ungainly visitor from another sphere speeding his way amid their schools!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws upon him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He may have been quite right in thinking so, for he was an odd-looking personage, with an ungainly figure and long iron-gray hair that touched his stooping shoulders, and a full, soft brown beard which he had worn ever since he was twenty.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • She follows her mother with ungainly steps, a mare leading her fillyfoal.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • ’At any rate,’ observed Uriah, with a writhe of his ungainly person, ’we may keep the door shut.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Others hover near the ground before spilling back up into the air, ungainly as baby ballerinas.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • We had been holding back the dogs, but they, with Fritz, now rushed towards the cave, the birds rising around them and departing with heavy ungainly flight, leaving only Fritz’s prize, and one of the other birds, killed by the large one in its fall.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Thus equipped, he was to saunter into the office, as some country fellow from Covent Garden market might be supposed to do for the gratification of his curiousity; and as he was as awkward, ungainly, and raw-boned a fellow as need be, Mr. Fagin had no fear but that he would look the part to perfection.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Harry picked up Hedwig’s cage, his Firebolt, and his rucksack, gave his unnaturally tidy bedroom one last sweeping look, and then made his ungainly way back downstairs to the hall, where he deposited cage, broomstick, and bag near the foot of the stairs.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • A tall figure materialized out of the shadows, hair sticking up in a corona of ungainly spikes.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Two years later, she moved to another one-a secure, if ungainly, building in an apartment complex in Southeast, about two miles northeast of Ballou.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • ’I won’t take the valve apart now,’ he said, and began taking it apart, working with slow, tireless, interminable precision, his rustic, ungainly face bent very close to the floor, picking painstakingly at the minute mechanism in his fingers with such limitless, plodding concentration that he seemed scarcely to be thinking of it at all.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Eventually the old man regains his strength and, seen only by the wife, flaps away, his ungainly flight recalling a rather disreputable vulture more than any angel.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He lisped—he was very plain and homely-looking: and exceedingly awkward and ungainly.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Then I recalled the eyes of Montgomery’s ungainly attendant.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Through the crowd of ungainly, shabbily-dressed actors, Sibyl Vane moved like a creature from a finer world.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • At one time there had been kingfishers here, flashing between the young shoots for our fish; and paddy birds; and sometimes, in the shallower reaches of the river, flamingoes, striding with ungainly precision among the water reeds, with plumage of a glory not of this earth.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Ann obeys, huffing in her ungainly way toward our teacher.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Everything was ungainly there, roomy and oversized.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • They sit on broad cushioned seats in various kinds of ungainly posture, clearly calculated to be the identifying signs of some kinship group or secret organization.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
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