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unwieldy

[uhn-weel-dee] /ʌnˈwil di/
adjective, unwieldier, unwieldiest.
1.
not wieldy; wielded with difficulty; not readily handled or managed in use or action, as from size, shape, or weight; awkward; ungainly.
Also, unwieldly.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English unweldy. See un-1, wieldy
Related forms
unwieldily, adverb
unwieldiness, noun
Synonyms
bulky, unmanageable, clumsy.
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British Dictionary definitions for unwieldiness

unwieldy

/ʌnˈwiːldɪ/
adjective
1.
too heavy, large, or awkwardly shaped to be easily handled
2.
ungainly; clumsy
Derived Forms
unwieldily, unwieldlily, adverb
unwieldiness, unwieldliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unwieldiness

unwieldy

adj.

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.

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