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unwieldy

[ uhn-weel-dee ]SEE DEFINITION OF unwieldy

Synonyms for unwieldy

  • burdensome
  • clumsy
  • cumbersome
  • inconvenient
  • massive
  • onerous
  • ponderous
  • ungainly
  • unmanageable
  • cumbrous
  • encumbering
  • gross
  • hefty
  • lumbering
  • uncontrollable
  • unhandy
  • weighty
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Antonyms for unwieldy

  • agile
  • aiding
  • coordinated
  • graceful
  • helpful
  • light
  • unburdensome
  • convenient
  • handy
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNWIELDY

Then he could with ease place the huge and unwieldy galleon at his mercy.

His hands, very swollen, with knotted veins, looked enormous and unwieldy.

There was nothing to do but steer the unwieldy craft with the current.

The body has then become too unwieldy for that which animates it.

He was heavy-set and unwieldy, and he wore a wrinkled suit of butternut jeans.

It seemed marvellous how a creature so unwieldy could turn itself so rapidly.

She was very kind and good-humoured but very large and unwieldy.

It was no wonder to me that the captain had not been able to shake off this unwieldy burden.

Robert had recognised the slouching gait and unwieldy form of Henslowe.

His mind was far from clear, and his tongue so unwieldy that he could hardly manage it.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "lacking strength," from un- (1) "not" + Old English wielde "active, vigorous," from Proto-Germanic *walth- "have power" (see wield). Meaning "moving ungracefully" is recorded from 1520s; in reference to weapons, "difficult to handle, awkward by virtue of size or shape" it is attested from 1540s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR UNWIELDY

awkward

adjectivedifficult to handle

cumbersome

adjectiveclumsy, awkward
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