Ungainly is the opposite of graceful, convenient, or easy. A clumsy dancer boogies in an ungainly or awkward fashion.

Though you see gain in ungainly, the word does not have to do with growing, or getting ahead. Ungainly comes from an Old Norse word meaning not convenient or, in other words, awkward. If you want to impress your gym teacher or sports coach, first appear ungainly and then surprise him with your great athletic ability. Applying to college can be an ungainly process without an advisor to help.

Definitions of ungainly

adj lacking grace in movement or posture

“what an ungainly creature a giraffe is”
clumsy, clunky, gawky, unwieldy
lacking grace or skill in manner or movement or performance

adj difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape

“the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl”
awkward, bunglesome, clumsy
unmanageable, unwieldy
difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape

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