V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. awkward and ungraceful; 2. difficult to manage
Synonyms: clumsy, gawky, graceless, klutzy, awkward, cumbersome, bulky
Antonyms: graceful, coordinated
Tips: Ungainly is derived from the Middle English ungein, which means "not proper or convenient." Ungainly is used to refer to things that are awkward, ungraceful, or cumbersome.
I can tell by the ungainly way Judy walks in high heels that she doesn't wear them very often. (clumsy, graceless, klutzy)
The child had a hard time carrying her huge, ungainly science project to school. (cumbersome, awkward, bulky)
Because he towered over his classmates, the boy became self-conscious about his lanky and ungainly appearance. (gawky, awkward)
Pelicans are beautiful in flight, but can be somewhat ungainly on land. (clumsy, awkward)
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