unwieldy

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • unwieldly (less common, possibly nonstandard)

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Etymology[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

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.
    • 2017 February 9, Rob Long, “Why I won’t invest in anything that involves effort”, in The National (UAE)[1]:
      Recorded music came in unwieldy packages and odd shapes.
  4. Badly managed or operated.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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References[edit]

  • unwieldy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2017.