un gainliness

ungainly

[uhn-geyn-lee]
adjective, ungainlier, ungainliest.
1.
not graceful; awkward; unwieldy; clumsy: an ungainly child; an ungainly prose style.
adverb
2.
in an awkward manner.

Origin:
1150–1200; (adv.) Middle English ungeinliche, equivalent to un- un-1 + later Middle English geyn straight, well-disposed, handy (< Old Norse gegn straight, direct; compare Old Norse ūgegn unreasonable) + -liche -ly; (adj.) un-1 + obsolete gainly proper, becoming, gracious, Middle English gaynlych (geyn as above + -lych -ly); cf. gainly, again

ungainliness, noun
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ungainly (ʌnˈɡeɪnlɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  lacking grace when moving
2.  difficult to move or use; unwieldy
3.  rare crude or coarse
 
adv
4.  rare clumsily
 
[C17: from un-1 + obsolete or dialect gainly graceful]
 
un'gainliness
 
n

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ungainly
1611, originally "unfit, improper," from M.E. ungeinliche, from ungein (c.1400) "inconvenient" (from un- (1) "not" + O.N. gegn "convenient") + -like.
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