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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The system is outdated and unwieldy.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
Some owners have complained that the league office has become too unwieldy, with new departments devoted to investigating players and other employees, another department focused on social initiatives, and a larger public relations profile.
The Herald’s Barry Jackson and Armando Salguero have both reported that cutting Suh is one of several options the Dolphins are considering to get his unwieldy $26.1 million cap figure under control.
Some who did found the experience frustrating, with multiple passwords needed for different providers’ software, and information that was fragmented, unwieldy, or incorrect, the GAO report said.
The current prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni of the PD, has been in office for just over a year, but has already shown the diplomatic skill to manage such an unwieldy beast.
Historically, this is a rather typical drift for a left-wing mass-democratic ideology—from the unwieldy awkwardness of rallying the entire people, and toward the semi-covert vanguard of the revolution.
In a program that can be notoriously unwieldy depending on the length of the shorts, this one runs a near-perfect 2½ hours, plus a brief intermission.
These systems proved to be too expensive, too unwieldy, or simply impractical.
There are times in the exhibition when that spread begins to feel unwieldy, when the trip from Mexico under Obregón to the U.S. under Reagan can seem a long one.
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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
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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