unwieldy

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • unwieldly (less common, possibly nonstandard)

Pronunciation[edit]

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.
  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).