- 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.
- 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.
- It was obliged to work by means of an unwieldy bureaucracy:" The absolute rule of bureaucracy leads to its ossification, to arbitrariness and stultification.
- Side by side with these changes the imperial diet was becoming more useless and unwieldy, and the electors were gaining power, owing partly to the Wahlkapitulation, by which on election they circumscribed the power of each occupant of the imperial throne.