American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity: an unwieldy parcel; an unwieldy bureaucracy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Movable or moving with difficulty; unmanageable from size, shape, or weight; lacking pliability: as, an unwieldy hulk; an unwieldy rock.
- adj. obsolete lacking strength; weak
- adj. obsolete ungraceful in movement
- adj. difficult to carry, handle, manage or operate because of its size, weight, shape or complexity
- adj. badly managed or operated
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not easily wielded or carried; unmanageable; bulky; ponderous.
- adj. difficult to work or manipulate
- adj. difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape
- adj. lacking grace in movement or posture
- From Middle English unweldi, equivalent to un- + wieldy. Cognate with Middle Low German unweldich ("unwieldy"). (Wiktionary)
“(Compare that with the approach of the Federal Communications Commission, which allows only limited searching of filings and comments; or that of the Department of Justice, which puts out data on foreign lobbying in unwieldy PDF format and binders.)”
“I saw one day a herd of a dozen bullocks and cows running about and frisking in unwieldy sport, like huge rats, even like kittens.”
“The title is unwieldy, but the book—set in present-day Guyana—is a deft synthesis of travelogue and Bildungsroman, by turns antic and introspective.”
“Fans of the original surely recall the unwieldy and annoying mini-game that was more enjoyable if you had auto-hack tools or just bought them out with Ryanbucks.”
“Then came the idea of the ‘post-bureaucratic age’ — in itself the kind of unwieldy phrase you might expect a bureaucrat to use.”
“Eugenie Allen says Leslie "doesn't do this loaded issue justice, '' because she" uses a battering ram '' to make her points, and so The Feminine Mistake is "unwieldy" and "polarizing.”
“There is something thoroughly modernist about Burtynsky's work, the grand scale, the glorious detail, a kind of unwieldy whole.”
“The piece arrived in early December as an "unwieldy" first draft, Mr. Marzorati said: roughly 13,000 words.”
“He saw the 'unwieldy' Privileges Committee and its party divisions as part of the problem, not the answer.”
“The back story is unwieldy, that is true – and although I am not a huge fan of flashbacks, they are the best way I’ve found to deal with her history.”
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