from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity: an unwieldy parcel; an unwieldy bureaucracy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. lacking strength; weak
- adj. ungraceful in movement
- adj. difficult to carry, handle, manage or operate because of its size, weight, shape or complexity
- adj. badly managed or operated
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not easily wielded or carried; unmanageable; bulky; ponderous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Movable or moving with difficulty; unmanageable from size, shape, or weight; lacking pliability: as, an unwieldy hulk; an unwieldy rock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
(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.