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Definition lacking grace in movement or appearance; or difficult to handle or manage — especially because of shape
  • The ungainly, tilt-rotor aircraft is shockingly expensive.
ungainly = lacking grace in movement or appearance
  • The cello, a rather ungainly instrument.
  • ungainly = difficult to handle or manage
  • She had just had a growth spurt and still looked a bit clumsy and ungainly.
  • ungainly = lacking grace in movement or appearance
  • It's ungainly compared to the other birds, but it can fly.
  • ungainly = lacking grace in movement
  • Baby giraffes look so ungainly.
  • ungainly = lacking grace in movement or appearance
  • On the mountain-top the parachute filled and moved; the figure slid, rose to its feet, spun, swayed down through a vastness of wet air and trod with ungainly feet the tops of the high trees; falling, still falling, it sank toward the beach and the boys rushed screaming into the darkness.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • ungainly = awkward (not graceful)
  • Ralph remembered the ungainly figure on a parachute.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • ungainly = awkwardly moving (not graceful)
  • He was ungainly and twisted.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • 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
  • A look of shock and surprise-the hunter hunted-my husband lifted off his feet in an ungainly and weightless manner.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Even in the curtained gloom the ungainly bulk beside me was unmistakable.
    Corrie ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • I'm just something very ungainly that you'vemarried.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • Its back was corrugated and ornamented with ungainly bosses, and a greenish incrustation blotched it here and there.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • I had slid down the seat and slept the night through in an ungainly position.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • 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
  • Her legs were as big around as the stumps of trees, and she moved with an ungainly shuffle.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • I know I am wild, and uncouth, and ungainly
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • He was lank and ungainly but, even with his wooden peg, he moved as swiftly as a snake.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • How surprised must the fishes be to see this ungainly visitor from another sphere speeding his way amid their schools!
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • 'At any rate,' observed Uriah, with a writhe of his ungainly person, 'we may keep the door shut.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield

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