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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The system is outdated and unwieldy.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
Silly, unwieldy sponsor names for bowl games are a college football tradition.
When heading out of town, no one wants to travel with unwieldy, overbearing luggage—but preventing your bags from tipping the scales is never easy.
Shakespeare’s play is an unwieldy blend of Homer’s Iliad and Chaucer’s Troilus and Cressida, a platform for lampooning the values of love and heroism.
The CEO for years has been cutting away at expenses at a bank that grew unwieldy after decades of acquisitions.
This is as unwieldy a cluster of fck as the Senate has seen in quite a while.)
There is the occasional priapic silliness and the title is unwieldy if not awful.
If the pen is mightier than the sword, the fountain pen might seem like the canon: outdated, unwieldy, and total overkill.
The deal sheds the Lakers of Mozgov’s unwieldy contract, which pays him $37.5 million over the next three seasons, but also sees Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft,
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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
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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