[ UK /ʌnwˈiːldi/ ]
[ US /ənˈwiɫdi/ ]
  1. lacking grace in movement or posture
    a gawky lad with long ungainly legs
    clumsy fingers
    heaved his unwieldy figure out of his chair
    what an ungainly creature a giraffe is
  2. difficult to work or manipulate
    unwieldy rules and regulations
  3. difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape
    almost dropped the unwieldy parcel
    we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter
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How To Use unwieldy In A Sentence

  • Myanmar officials have repeatedly asked for more help from the IMF to help the government simplify the country's unwieldy foreign-exchange regime, which involves multiple exchange rates—including an official rate of about six Myanmar kyat per dollar, compared with a street rate of about 800 per dollar. Clinton Encourages Myanmar
  • It is actually something of a challenge to locate sentences in The Structure of Evolutionary Theory that are not unwieldy, ridiculously self-referential, and grotesquely polysyllabic.
  • In any unwieldy bureaucratic system there will be some in need who will be let down by officialdom. The Sun
  • One can think of very few biographers who have the ability to deal with critical assessment of such diversity and unwieldy fusions of anecdote and myth.
  • In town is another story, as its massive bulk can make it unwieldy in tight parking areas.
  • Carrying an unwieldy armful of packages, she turns around at the sound of her name.
  • Any judicial approach is bound to be unwieldy, time-consuming and subject to differing local regulations.
  • It was becoming increasingly difficult to hide his unwieldy bulk.
  • But the figure of the woman was still more awkward: an unwieldy bulk, two extended arms which seemed to bear it up with difficulty, and looked like two carved handles from the neck to the widest part of a large kilderkin, and beneath this enormous body, two legs, naked up to the knees, which could scarcely totter along. Chapter XI
  • Is it the duty of an already stretched institution to duplicate the role of common rooms, to cut back the funding to its essential political role, and seek to maintain an unwieldy sabbatical structure?
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