Definition of unwieldy in English:
adjective (unwieldier, unwieldiest)
- So the books that you read shouldn't be too unwieldy in weight, nor contain particularly tight typesetting or small font size.
- The mask's unwieldy construction made it difficult to fall asleep.
- But their size makes them unwieldy in city streets, and their acceleration is not tremendous.
- Fiba is an unwieldy bureaucracy that is not much concerned with policing its teams.
- Critics say the plan would create an unwieldy bureaucracy with a hidden agenda.
- The project of fixing our political system is an unwieldy one for those of us with a theoretical bent.
- Example sentences
- One of the reasons things have gotten unwieldily is that the replace function is not being used.
- This is the approach that he takes in assembling the somewhat unwieldily titled Intoxication: Heathcliff on Powell Street.
- However, it's still only on big rear projection sets which are rather unwieldily huge and expensive.
- Example sentences
- That fear became an even greater factor when, due to African resistance and rebellion and the unwieldiness of slave-run plantation industrialisation, the slave trade was abolished in 1807.
- And last week the idea of positioning it using an RAF Chinook was abandoned when bad weather and the sheer unwieldiness of the cargo defeated the airlift.
- Despite the word's unwieldiness, then, I would propose that mimesis and anti-mimesis confront each other-optically, materially, figuratively-in Triptyque through a logic of ‘photo-scotomization.’
The early meaning recorded was ‘lacking strength, infirm’. The word is composed of the prefix un- ‘not’ and wieldy in the obsolete sense ‘active’, from the Old English wield ‘rule, direct’. Unwieldy has meant ‘huge and awkward in shape’ since the late 16th century.
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