unwieldly

unwieldy

[uhn-weel-dee]
adjective, unwieldier, unwieldiest.
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; Middle English unweldy. See un-1, wieldy

unwieldily, adverb
unwieldiness, noun


bulky, unmanageable, clumsy.
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unwieldy or unwieldly (ʌnˈwiːldɪ)
 
adj
1.  too heavy, large, or awkwardly shaped to be easily handled
2.  ungainly; clumsy
 
unwieldly or unwieldly
 
adj
 
un'wieldily or unwieldly
 
adv
 
un'wieldlily or unwieldly
 
adv
 
un'wieldiness or unwieldly
 
n
 
un'wieldliness or unwieldly
 
n

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unwieldy
late 14c., "lacking strength," from un- (1) "not" + O.E. wielde "active, vigorous," from P.Gmc. *walth- "have power" (see wield). Meaning "moving ungracefully" is recorded from 1530; in ref. to weapons, "difficult to handle, awkward by virtue of size or shape" it is attested from 1547.
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