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Definition of unwieldy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    unwieldy

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ʌnˈwiːldi//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʌnˈwiːldi//
     
     
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  1. 1(of an object) difficult to move or control because of its size, shape or weight synonym cumbersome
  2. 2(of a system or group of people) difficult to control or organize because it is very large or complicated
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘lacking strength, infirm’): from un- ‘not’ + wieldy (in the obsolete sense ‘active’).Extra examples The first mechanical clocks were large and rather unwieldy. The old car felt cumbersome and unwieldy. The tool’s long handle made it unwieldy.
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