or un·wield·ly

[ uhn-weel-dee ]
/ ʌnˈwil di /

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.

Origin of unwieldy

First recorded in 1350–1400, unwieldy is from the Middle English word unweldy. See un-1, wieldy

Related forms

un·wield·i·ly, adverbun·wield·i·ness, noun
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/ (ʌnˈwiːldɪ) /


too heavy, large, or awkwardly shaped to be easily handled
ungainly; clumsy

Derived Forms

unwieldily or unwieldlily, adverbunwieldiness or unwieldliness, noun
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