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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Example sentences
The lanky actor with unruly hair and an ungainly stride had a boyish grin and
  an engaging manner.
Heavy and ungainly out of water, these reptiles are supremely well adapted
  swimmers.
Instead, they do an ungainly belly flop, and then struggle to get to their feet
  and jump again.
But he might as easily have been referring to the ungainly marvel that made it
  possible.
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