ungainliness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ungainliness the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are extremely ungainly and inelegant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ungainliness The state or quality of being ungainly; awkwardness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ungainliness The state or character of being ungainly; ungainly appearance; clumsiness; awkwardness.
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Usage

In literature:

There was something monumental in his ungainliness.
"The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham
He seemed always to converse with effort; he took a seat with stiff ungainliness; he walked with a stumbling or sprawling gait.
"New Grub Street" by George Gissing
The house of the McKinstrys rose, or rather stretched, itself before him, in all the lazy ungainliness of Southwestern architecture.
"Cressy" by Bret Harte
To the ungainliness of her figure her mode of dressing not a little contributed.
"The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Vol. 1" by Charles James Lever
To the ungainliness of her figure her mode of dressing not a little contributed.
"The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete" by Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
Now the ungainliness of his deformity was hidden, and his height was greater than that of his companion, obliging her to look up at him.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Doctor Jespersen admits that our tongue has a certain masculine ungainliness.
"Confessions of a Book-Lover" by Maurice Francis Egan
The exigencies of the beadwork, however, lends a certain stiffness and ungainliness to the figures.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
Demosthenes combated an impediment in speech and ungainliness of gesture, which at first drove him from the forum in disgrace.
"Hints on Extemporaneous Preaching" by Henry Ware
He was a dark man, with a skin of oily sallowness; thickset, with something of the slow ungainliness of a toad.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
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