Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Obs. or Prov. Eng. Ungainly; clumsy; awkward; also, troublesome; inconvenient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective obsolete, UK, dialect ungainly; clumsy; awkward
  • adjective obsolete, UK, dialect troublesome; inconvenient

Etymologies

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Old English ungein. See ungainly.

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 seaport of the county, where he apprenticed him to a captain of one of the ships which trade to the high Barbary coast.

    Lavengro

  • 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, Vol. 2 (of 2)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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