unwieldy

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From Middle English unweldi, equivalent to un- +‎ wieldy. Cognate with Middle Low German unweldich (unwieldy).

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unwieldy (comparative unwieldier, superlative unwieldiest)

  1. (obsolete) lacking strength; weak
  2. (obsolete) ungraceful in movement
  3. difficult to carry, handle, manage or operate because of its size, weight, shape or complexity
  4. badly managed or operated

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  • unwieldy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).