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Examples of unwieldy in a Sentence
The system is outdated and unwieldy.
an unwieldy machine that requires two people to operate it
Recent Examples of unwieldy from the Web
Discussions about ending the sometimes unwieldy morning meeting had occurred before the Sadler leak, the senior official said, but senior staffers decided to pull the trigger on a number of internal changes in the wake of the McCain controversy.
For six years, the Celtics have played the part of the scrappy little brother in the corner of the holiday photo who may never get his braces off and hasn’t yet figured out what to do with the knees attached to his rapidly growing and unwieldy legs.
The unwieldy federal funding system has led to unintended consequences.
When the couple opened a small barbecue counter at a Windsor drive-in restaurant five years ago, they were surprised by the unwieldy flood of customers.
Paul carried an unwieldy scarlet letter of an NBA record with him into the Toyota Center on Tuesday: 86 consecutive postseason games without a conference finals appearance.
Throughout, black charcoal art punctuates an original but sometimes unwieldy plot that resolves around two points: that sadness nurtures empathy for others and that purpose, plus community, nurtures hope, even happiness.
Instead of laboring over an unwieldy spool of plastic wrap, my soup was instantly shielded from leeching heat.
This was a president who had plucked his personal White House doctor out of relative obscurity to head up perhaps the most troubled and bureaucratically unwieldy department of the federal government.
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The Difference Between Wieldy and unwieldy
The verb to wield means "to handle or exert something effectively." A carpenter might wield a hammer with impressive dexterity, for example, or a talented orator might wield influence over an audience of listeners. Something that is "wieldy" is capable of being wielded easily, and while that adjective may not be particularly common, its antonym "unwieldy" finds ample use to describe anything that is awkward to handle, move, or manage. "Wield" and its relatives all derive via Middle English from Old English wieldan, meaning "to control."
UNWIELDY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of unwieldy for English Language Learners
: difficult to handle, control, or deal with because of being large, heavy, or complex
UNWIELDY Defined for Kids
Definition of unwieldy for Students
- an unwieldy class
- The package is not heavy, but it is unwieldy.
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