adjective un·wieldy \-ˈwēl-dē\

: difficult to handle, control, or deal with because of being large, heavy, or complex

Full Definition of UNWIELDY

:  not easily managed, handled, or used (as because of bulk, weight, complexity, or awkwardness) :  cumbersome
un·wield·i·ly \-ˈwēl-də-lē\ adverb
un·wield·i·ness \-dē-nəs\ noun

Examples of UNWIELDY

  1. The system is outdated and unwieldy.
  2. <an unwieldy machine that requires two people to operate it>

First Known Use of UNWIELDY

UNWIELDILY Defined for Kids


adjective un·wieldy \ˌən-ˈwēl-dē\

Definition of UNWIELDY for Kids

:  hard to handle or control because of size or weight <an unwieldy class> <The package is not heavy, but it is unwieldy.>
un·wield·i·ness noun


Next Word in the Dictionary: unwifelyPrevious Word in the Dictionary: unwholesomenessAll Words Near: unwieldy
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears