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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The system is outdated and unwieldy.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
Figs are really cool plants with a slightly bad rep in South Florida in part because of overuse of Ficus benjamina hedges and their unwieldy roots and problems with whitefly and scale.
And as often happens, these unwieldy explanations gained general acceptance.
Members of the charitable organization, known by the unwieldy abbreviation SMOTJ, regard themselves as spiritual descendants of the original Templars.
Put simply, the company got bloated, leading to a disappointing financial performance and unwieldy operations.
In the aftermath of fight director Steve Rankin's impressive battle scene, Sullivan's unwieldy adaptation combining the play's two parts moves into the second half of its lengthy running time of three hours and twenty minutes.
Since 1995, Airbus has used the comically bulbous aircraft to transport oversize, unwieldy cargo like fuselages and wings between its European production and assembly plants.
Tiki drinks almost require straws—the cocktails tend to come in large, unwieldy cups that are otherwise challenging to drink from.
Her classmates remember her as quiet, with an unwieldy command of German.
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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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