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[weel-dee] /ˈwil di/
adjective, wieldier, wieldiest.
readily wielded or managed, as in use or action.
Origin of wieldy
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at wield, -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for wieldy
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  • But for all his age and size, the judge was wieldy enough when he chose to be.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • Ten thousand tons of bulk cannot be turned and twisted on the heel with the swish and toss of the wieldy clipper.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • "But, my good man——" the preacher objected, finding in his hand a donation about as welcome 271 and as wieldy as a strange baby.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • And even of peace we can have no stronger assurance than a wise and wieldy readiness for war.

  • The government of a country so vast and various must be strong, prompt, wieldy, and efficient.

    Congressional Government Woodrow Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for wieldy


adjective wieldier, wieldiest
easily handled, used, or managed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wieldy

late 14c., from wield + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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