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  • adjective superlative form of ungainly: most ungainly.


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  • I've previously stated my dislike for North America's ugliest, ungainliest, and generally unappealing big-game animal.

    Moose Caption Contest 2009

  • He lay in the ungainliest attitude twenty feet below, one arm folded behind his back and his head turned at an impossible angle as if he were listening hard.

    The Vatican Rip Gash, Jonathan 1981

  • Or take the aspect of men, women, and children; how attractive some cannot help being, whatever they do; how helplessly unattractive and uninteresting others can be, and yet how, even so, a fine and sweet nature can make beautiful the plainest and ungainliest of faces.

    Escape, and Other Essays Arthur Christopher Benson 1893

  • "It will be the rawest, gauntest, ungainliest brute that ever scared the motor-bicycles on the Northampton Road.

    The Research Magnificent 1906


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