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ungainly (adj) awkward.

When you are ungainly your movements are not graceful, they look rather ugly. A person or a thing is ungainly if they hare inconveniently large or unwieldy. The tortoise has an ungainly body. That is, it gives the impression that the body is rather heavy, because of which it moves in a way that is not attractive.

  • The boy was tall and ungainly for one his age. The way he walked and moved was not so attractive, and one felt that the body was not moving in a proper manner.
  • His huge figure made him look ungainly. His movements were slow and awkward because of his large size.
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