Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being ungainly; ungainly appearance; clumsiness; awkwardness.

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

  • noun The state or quality of being ungainly; awkwardness.

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  • noun The state of being ungainly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are extremely ungainly and inelegant

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Examples

  • In their excesses and frequent ungainliness, their refusal to submit to the expectations of ordinary discourse, works of art and literature manifest an a-temporal power that compels succeeding viewers and readers to consider them anew (sometimes to enlist them in ideological skirmishes), to regard them as representations informed by their origins in historical circumstance but not bound by them, however culturally complicit they ulimately must be.

    Art and Culture

  • Hashim's unique footwork is combined with ungainliness of style but fearsome speed of shot.

    World champion Nick Matthew presses the case for squash | Frank Keating

  • Her mix of poise and, when she plays, slight girlish ungainliness, made for a compelling, occasionally wayward performance, at once fierce and lyrical in its intensity.

    Eugene Onegin; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Janine Jansen/Vänskä – review

  • Martha rose like a whale cresting the surface of the water, seemingly ignorant of her ninth-month ungainliness.

    ALONE With You

  • Red Smith, who watched Dean become a demigod, wrote that Dizzy remained his entire life a “big, gangling gawk, appealing in his ungainliness.”

    Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert

  • The plot's hilariously twisty, stealth elements aren't as dreadful as they could be, but there is a slight ungainliness to the action that makes some boss fights a painful chore.

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  • Red Smith, who watched Dean become a demigod, wrote that Dizzy remained his entire life a “big, gangling gawk, appealing in his ungainliness.”

    Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert

  • Red Smith, who watched Dean become a demigod, wrote that Dizzy remained his entire life a “big, gangling gawk, appealing in his ungainliness.”

    Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert

  • Martha rose like a whale cresting the surface of the water, seemingly ignorant of her ninth-month ungainliness.

    ALONE With You

  • Red Smith, who watched Dean become a demigod, wrote that Dizzy remained his entire life a “big, gangling gawk, appealing in his ungainliness.”

    Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert

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