adjective, un·wield·i·er, un·wield·i·est.
Origin of unwieldy
Examples from the Web for unwieldy
But any biographer of the novel faces a problem more fundamental than compressing between two covers a vast and unwieldy subject.
Lachs writes with clarity and concision—admirable concision, considering how unwieldy university press offerings tend to be.
Unwieldy trash piles or not, the coming treasure hunts are sure to be interesting ones.As Japan’s Tsunami Debris Arrives, Can U.S. West Coast Handle It?|Winston Ross|September 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But if we only rewarded consistency, the list would be unwieldy, fixed, and dull.
So how did this unwieldy collection wind up looking like, well, disorganized Democrats?For Presidential Hopefuls, a Game of Posturing and Positioning|Howard Kurtz|February 21, 2011|DAILY BEAST
He produced one of these—I had never seen such an unwieldy weapon.Trooper 3809|Lionel Decle
He was beginning to look grey and old, and was growing daily more corpulent and unwieldy.Henry VIII.|A. F. Pollard
The ‘states’ are now anchored to the past, and the ‘Commonwealth’ must be unwieldy.Mr. Oseba's Last Discovery|George W. Bell
The Castilians would doubtless have resented the dismemberment of the unwieldy body of which they formed the head.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
The craft in question were some of those that had been captured--unwieldy craft, that took fish and salt up the river.On the Irrawaddy|G. A. Henty
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.