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unwieldy adj
1 difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape; "we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter"; "almost dropped the unwieldy parcel" [syn: unmanageable] [ant: wieldy]
2 lacking grace in movement or posture; "a gawky lad with long ungainly legs"; "clumsy fingers"; "what an ungainly creature a giraffe is"; "heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair" [syn: gawky, clumsy, clunky, ungainly]

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() [ˌʌnˈwɪəldɪ]


A late Middle English coinage, first known instance c. 1386, from un- ‘not’ + *wieldy, from wielde ‘active, vigorous’.


  1. lacking strength; weak
  2. ungraceful in movement
  3. difficult to carry, manage or operate because of its size, weight or shape or complexity
  4. badly managed or operated

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