UNGAINLY in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of UNGAINLY
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 a.  awkward; lacking grace in movement or posture
Classic Sentence:
1  He was lank and ungainly but, even with his wooden peg, he moved as swiftly as a snake.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLII
2  The person of this individual was to the last degree ungainly, without being in any particular manner deformed.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 1
3  They fled like soft, ungainly animals.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 11
4  At sight of this tableau, many of the men in blue sprang from behind their covers and made an ungainly dance of joy.
The Red Badge of Courage By Stephen Crane
Get Context   In Chapter 20
5  His figure was a little ungainly, as in the days when my knuckles had taken such liberties with it, but it looked as if it would always be light and young.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXII
6  You know he is as ungainly within as without.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XXXVIII
7  At any rate,' observed Uriah, with a writhe of his ungainly person, 'we may keep the door shut.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER 42. MISCHIEF
8  He was clad only in his long night-dress, and his swollen ankles and ungainly feet protruded starkly from beneath it.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In IX. The Adventure of The Resident Patient
9  Its evil eyes were wriggling on their stalks, its mouth was all alive with appetite, and its vast ungainly claws, smeared with an algal slime, were descending upon me.
The Time Machine By H. G. Wells
Get Context   In XI
10  Through the crowd of ungainly, shabbily dressed actors, Sibyl Vane moved like a creature from a finer world.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde
Get Context   In CHAPTER 7
11  With its huge ungainly limbs sprawling.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy
Get Context   In BOOK 6: CHAPTER I
Example Sentence:
1  "If you want to know whether Nick's an ungainly dancer, check out my bruised feet," said Nora.
2  Most biographers portray Lincoln as an uncouth and ungainly young man.
3  Because he was highly overweight and looked ungainly, John Candy often was cast as a slow-witted lummox.
4  On land the turtle is ungainly, but in the water it isvery agile.