adj. un·gain·li·er, un·gain·li·est
1. Lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy.
2. Difficult to move or use; unwieldy.
[UN-1 + obsolete gainly, proper (from Middle English gainli, from gain, from Old Norse gegn, direct).]
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