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  • n. The state of being ungainly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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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.”

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  • The lame man, for all his ungainliness, could move silently in his scuffed felt shoes on the floor tiles.

    A River So Long

  • She would get up early so that he needn't be offended by her slowness and ungainliness.

    She Closed Her Eyes

  • There was beauty in it, even in its ungainliness, and as I thought this I had a fleeting sensation of ages of darkness and loneliness and profound, urgent need.

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  • You might laugh at the ungainliness of my hardware, but the last laugh is mine; I can watch "A Fish Called Wanda" whenever the mood strikes.

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