[ uhn-weel-dee ]
/ ʌnˈwil di /
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adjective, un·wield·i·er, un·wield·i·est.
not wieldy; wielded with difficulty; not readily handled or managed in use or action, as from size, shape, or weight; awkward; ungainly.
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Origin of unwieldy
OTHER WORDS FROM unwieldyun·wield·i·ly, adverbun·wield·i·ness, noun
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How to use unwieldy in a sentence
Paul darted, as quickly as his unwieldly bulk would allow, into the middle of the street.Boyhood in Norway|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
The Professor, as I remembered him, had an elephantine sense of humour capable of the most clumsy and unwieldly gambollings.The Poison Belt|Arthur Conan Doyle
If he could have held the boat in its course, as with a pair of oars, he might have made progress even with that unwieldly paddle.
It is an enormous folio, and rather unwieldly, but a most interesting example of the new style.Illuminated Manuscripts|John W. Bradley
At length we stopped, and the chief raised up a thick, heavy mat which hung like an unwieldly curtain in front of a doorway.A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder|James De Mille
British Dictionary definitions for unwieldy
/ (ʌnˈwiːldɪ) /
too heavy, large, or awkwardly shaped to be easily handled
Derived forms of unwieldyunwieldily or unwieldlily, adverbunwieldiness or unwieldliness, noun
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