adjective, un·wield·i·er, un·wield·i·est.
Origin of unwieldy
Examples from the Web for unwieldly
Tom did considerable execution with his unwieldly weapon before the girls finally threw themselves upon him.The Automobile Girls at Chicago|Laura Dent Crane
But all methods of notation preceding the Arabic were unwieldly, complex, and incomplete.The Reign of the Manuscript|Perry Wayland Sinks
Paul darted, as quickly as his unwieldly bulk would allow, into the middle of the street.Boyhood in Norway|Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
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.
Fluff had left them; she was engaged in an eager game of play with an overgrown and unwieldly pup and a Persian kitten.Frances Kane's Fortune|L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for unwieldly
Word Origin and History for unwieldly
late 14c., "lacking strength," from un- (1) "not" + Old English wielde "active, vigorous," from Proto-Germanic *walth- "have power" (see wield). Meaning "moving ungracefully" is recorded from 1520s; in reference to weapons, "difficult to handle, awkward by virtue of size or shape" it is attested from 1540s.