1. Not gainly; not expert or dexterous; clumsy; awkward; uncouth; as, an ungainly strut in walking.
His ungainly figure and eccentric manners. --Macaulay.
2. Unsuitable; unprofitable. [Obs.]
Un·gain·ly, adv. In an ungainly manner.
adj 1: lacking grace in movement or posture; "a gawky lad with long
ungainly legs"; "clumsy fingers"; "what an ungainly
creature a giraffe is"; "heaved his unwieldy figure
out of his chair" [syn: gawky, clumsy, clunky, unwieldy]
2: difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape;
"an awkward bundle to carry"; "a load of bunglesome
paraphernalia"; "clumsy wooden shoes"; "the cello, a
rather ungainly instrument for a girl" [syn: awkward, bunglesome,
[also: ungainliest, ungainlier]