from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
- adj. Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. clumsy; lacking grace.
- adj. difficult to move or to manage; unwieldy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not gainly; not expert or dexterous; clumsy; awkward; uncouth.
- adj. Unsuitable; unprofitable.
- adv. In an ungainly manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unfit; vain.
- Awkward; clumsy; uncouth: as, an ungainly carriage.
- Synonyms Uncouth, Bungling, etc. See awkward and clumsy.
- In an awkward manner; clumsily; uncouthly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
- adj. lacking grace in movement or posture
un-1 + obsolete gainly, proper (from Middle English gainli, from gain, from Old Norse gegn, direct).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From un- + Old Norse gegn ("fit, honest") + -ly. (Wiktionary)