Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. ungainly; clumsy; awkward
  • adj. troublesome; inconvenient

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Ungainly; clumsy; awkward; also, troublesome; inconvenient.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Perilous; dreadful.
  • Ungainly; awkward; clumsy.

Etymologies

Old English ungein. See ungainly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My elder brother was of a spirited roving disposition, and for fear that he should turn out what is generally termed ungain, my father determined to send him to sea: so once upon a time, when my brother was about fifteen, he took him to the great sea - port of the county, where he apprenticed him to a captain of one of the ships which trade to the high Barbary coast.

    Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest

  • My elder brother was of a spirited, roving disposition, and for fear that he should turn out what is generally termed ungain, my father determined to send him to sea: so once upon a time, when my brother was about fifteen, he took him to the great sea - port of the county, where he apprenticed him to a captain of one of the ships which trade to the high Barbary coast.

    Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • My elder brother was of a spirited roving disposition, and for fear that he should turn out what is generally termed ungain, my father determined to send him to sea: so once upon a time, when my brother was about fifteen, he took him to the great seaport of the county, where he apprenticed him to a captain of one of the ships which trade to the high Barbary coast.

    Lavengro; the Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • She would then have retired; but Mr. Dubster, stopping her, said: 'Why, if you don't read it, ma'am, nobody'll be never the wiser for what I come about, for it's ungain-like to speak for one's self; and the young gentleman said he'd write to you, because, he said, you'd like it the best.'

    Camilla

  • He was not a very sympathetic brother, and had not responded to the suggestion that the ungain-doing Dan should take himself, his bad fortune, his unsatisfactory habits, also to New South Wales to settle down beside him.

    A Sheaf of Corn

  • 'One is the King and his People -- in gain and ungain one.

    Songs from Books

  • And what Grace or Master-strokes of Action can we conceive such ungain Hoydens to have been capable of?

    An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber, Volume I

  • The neighbours, who heard his prayer from time to time, wondered why he should ask for “housen” to be built in such an “ungain” place.

    From Death into Life

  • He taketh the sword that lay at his side and lifteth the windingsheet to rend it at the seam, then taketh the knight by the head to lift him upward, and findeth him so heavy and so ungain that scarce may he remove him.

    The High History of the Holy Graal

  • As the reader will perceive, his allowance was mostly eaten up by the dog, and he was left to beg a precarious support from the good-will and charity of his shipmates, all of whom were equally disgusted with the commander's cruelty and the ungain temper of his brute companion.

    Snarley-yow or The Dog Fiend

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