adjective, wield·i·er, wield·i·est.

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
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Examples from the Web for wieldy

Historical Examples of wieldy

  • But for all his age and size, the judge was wieldy enough when he chose to be.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for wieldy


adjective wieldier or wieldiest

easily handled, used, or managed
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Word Origin and History for wieldy

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

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