1. [ adjective ] lacking grace in movement or posture
Synonyms: clumsy unwieldy clunky gawky

"a gawky lad with long ungainly legs" "clumsy fingers" "what an ungainly creature a giraffe is" "heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair"

Related terms: awkward
2. [ adjective ] difficult to handle or manage especially because of shape
Synonyms: awkward clumsy bunglesome

"an awkward bundle to carry" "a load of bunglesome paraphernalia" "clumsy wooden shoes" "the cello, a rather ungainly instrument for a girl"

Related terms: unwieldy
Similar spelling:   unkindly