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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The system is outdated and unwieldy.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
Many believed the board’s size was unwieldy and did not serve the best interests of the transit agency.
DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said 98 vendors was too unwieldy to manage effectively.
Critics had complained Unilever’s structure is unwieldy and can interfere with deal making—including by hindering the company’s ability to use stock to make big acquisitions.
Part of the reason for changing the nature of the daily communications meeting, a White House official said, was that the larger meetings were unwieldy and increased the chance of leaks.
Briefcases are, by their nature, unwieldy and cumbersome and a strain on your arms.
The book could have risked becoming unwieldy, but Arnold has crafted a thrilling page-turner while delving into topics that often bypass Brazil’s mainstream media.
Later iterations featured a multitude of connectors, but this could make the experience unwieldy.
New technology is making the manufacturing process less unwieldy.
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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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