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[weel-dee] /ˈwil di/
adjective, wieldier, wieldiest.
readily wielded or managed, as in use or action.
Origin of wieldy
1325-75; Middle English; see wield, -y1 Unabridged
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  • And even of peace we can have no stronger assurance than a wise and wieldy readiness for war.

  • But for all his age and size, the judge was wieldy enough when he chose to be.

    Those Times And These Irvin S. Cobb
  • The government of a country so vast and various must be strong, prompt, wieldy, and efficient.

    Congressional Government Woodrow Wilson
  • Ten thousand tons of bulk cannot be turned and twisted on the heel with the swish and toss of the wieldy clipper.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • "But, my good man——" the preacher objected, finding in his hand a donation about as welcome 271 and as wieldy as a strange baby.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for wieldy


adjective wieldier, wieldiest
easily handled, used, or managed
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Word Origin and History for wieldy

late 14c., from wield + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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