how to pronounce ungainly


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the above transcription of ungainly is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

ungainly is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of ungainly in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… in flies they are kind of ungainly but …”

meanings of ungainly


  1. Unsuitable; unprofitable.
  2. Clumsy; lacking grace.
  3. Difficult to move or to manage; unwieldy.


  1. An ungainly person or thing.


  1. In an ungainly or unbecoming manner; improperly; undeservedly, unduly; unsuitably.

ungainly frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word ungainly occurs in english on average 0.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics ungainly can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that ungainly can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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