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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The system is outdated and unwieldy.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
Few appliances are as unwieldy and unsightly as a window air-conditioner.
True, the current system wastes millions of pounds on an unwieldy commissioning process.
Certainly, a rocket with 31 engines seems unwieldy, but later this year, or in early 2018, SpaceX will likely fly its Falcon Heavy rocket.
Goodwin agreed to return after Deebo downsized his unwieldy circle.
Palantir’s secret sauce is collating and analyzing vast and unwieldy streams of data to pinpoint patterns and anomalies, a process that has been effective in battling everything from terrorism to Medicare fraud.
And that’s only if the whole unwieldy proposal doesn’t suffer the same fate as the GOP’s health care legislation so far this year.
In practice, the success of the laws vary: some have unwieldy, even humiliating medical requirements
However, such a coalition would be at best unwieldy and at worst unworkable.
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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."
First Known Use of unwieldy
Synonymsawkward, bunglesome, clumsy, clunky, cranky, cumbrous, ponderous, ungainly, unhandy, cumbersome
Related Wordsuncontrollable, unmanageable; bulky, dinosaurian, dinosauric, elephantine, heavy, hulking, massive; impracticable, impractical
Near Antonymsfunctional, practicable, practical, serviceable, useful
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