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[uhn-greys-fuh l] /ʌnˈgreɪs fəl/
lacking charm or elegance; awkward.
Origin of ungraceful
1660-70; un-1 + graceful
Related forms
ungracefully, adverb
ungracefulness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It seemed to me the most hideous motion I had ever seen—so unnatural, so ungraceful, so repellent.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • A new fashion of dress seems at first to be absurd, ungraceful, or indecent.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Women then found her parsimonious, ungraceful in dress and manner, sour in temper!

  • I had hoped to have announced this news in a less abrupt and ungraceful manner.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Thus their lofty choir is robbed of half its effect and looks square-shouldered and ungraceful by comparison.

  • The dress of these women was simple, like themselves, and not ungraceful.

    The Lonely Island R.M. Ballantyne
  • The gait of the men, on the contrary, is free and not ungraceful.

  • Must we make the ungraceful confession that Gerald was not very much in love!

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Carlyle was ungraceful with impunity; Lamb could not have been so.

    Journalism for Women E.A. Bennett
  • "It was all there," but all unseemly, ungraceful, undignified; for Polly Dill was pretty.

    Barrington Charles James Lever

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