- hard to wield, manage, handle, or deal with, as because of large size or weight, or awkward form
- Now Rare awkward; clumsy
An example of something unwieldy is a wheelbarrow that has been filled too full with dirt.
- Difficult to carry or handle because of size, shape, or weight: an unwieldy parcel.
- Hindering progress because of complexity; hard to manage or deal with: an unwieldy bureaucracy.
(comparative unwieldier, superlative unwieldiest)
From Middle English unweldi, equivalent to un- +"Ž wieldy. Cognate with Middle Low German unweldich (“unwieldy").
- Its pretty unwieldy, and not very aesthetically attractive.
- The synthetic method employed by him was too unwieldy for common use.
- But with Der Ring des Nibelungen Wagner devoted himself to a story which any ordinary dramatist would find as unwieldy as, for instance, most of Shakespeare's subjects; a story in which ordinary canons of taste and probability were violated as they are in real life and in great art.
- One great drawback to the use of even the purest rock-salt simply ground is its tendency to revert to a hard unwieldy mass, when kept any length of time in sacks.
- The district of Anantapur was constituted in 1882 out of the unwieldy district of Bellary.