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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The system is outdated and unwieldy.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
Recent advances in computing mean that vast data sets are no longer too unwieldy for use by researchers.
Rather than one unwieldy, overarching campaign, War Stories breaks out into a series of short one- or two-hour vignettes.
This music-creation tool, sadly, was far too unwieldy in a brief demo to make anything that actually sounded coherent or rhythmic.
But while security experts have long-warned about that dangers and potential escalation involved in allowing unchecked retaliation, the idea of turning it into a state-by-state issue is even more unwieldy and murky.
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.
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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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