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unwieldy


I bumped into her while carrying the unwieldy package.
  difficult to move or manage (in various senses:)
  • an unwieldy package — difficult to handle because of size, weight, or shape
  • a person who is unwieldy — lacking grace in movement due to something like weight or injury
  • an unwieldy organization or system — slow, inefficient, or ineffective due to size or poor organization
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unwieldy unwieldiness
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Standard Prefix:  Un- at the beginning of a word, often means "not" as is "unsatisfactory", or "unnecessary".
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  • I bumped into her while carrying the unwieldy package.
  • In its current form, the device is too big and unwieldy for mass sales.
  • The country has many unwieldy rules and regulations that must be navigated before you can start a business.
  • She heaved her unwieldy figure out of her chair.

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  • The web address is descriptive, but it’s length makes it too unwieldy to write or type.
  • I rearranged my leg delicately, spoke delicately, as if my words were an unwieldy stack of fine china.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • A master luthier, Illien transformed the archaic, fragile, unwieldy court lute into the marvelous, versatile, seven-string trouper’s lute we use today.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Though now, or in the recent now, I’ve begun to understand how easily one can stand by and watch a pile of dross steadily grow, allow the fetter of one’s quotidian life to become an unwieldy accumulation, which seems somehow much more daunting to clear away once it has settled, gained a repose.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Kate stumbled because of the unwieldy ladder.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "There is no difference," the princess retorted, her accent thick and a bit unwieldy.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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  • It was a boys’ club, mainly because the early surfboards were heavy and unwieldy.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • The machine would turn into an unwieldy behemoth.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I stop still, watching her running figure with the coat flying out on either side and the unwieldy overshoes, as if she’s just some other person I’m watching, someone in a race.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Several pairs of rough hands lifted her like an unwieldy piece of furniture and she drifted into unconsciousness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Following the anxious, often contradictory instructions of my guides as best I could, I alternately pulled and pushed, easing the unwieldy mass of the foal around, bringing one foot forward, pushing another back, sweating and groaning along with the mare.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • It had been a large unwieldy body.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • They made conveyance of goods unwieldy.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • So fire with water to compare, The ocean serves on high, Up-spouted by a whale in air, To express unwieldy joy.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Jeb let the unwieldy box fall onto the mattress.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The Pacific is no place for rowers, especially when they are weak and blind, when their lifeboats are large and unwieldy, and when the wind is not cooperating.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Now came the question of how we were to carry this unwieldy burden.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • I will do mine best to translate them, but the results may be rough and unwieldy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The overloaded and unwieldy sled forged ahead, Buck and his mates struggling frantically under the rain of blows.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • As unwieldy as Mars’s spear was, the piece of tinder was worse.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Again, Dudley appeared to grapple with thoughts too unwieldy for expression before mumbling, "You saved my life," "Not really," said Harry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • He seized Aarfy by the shirt front and, struggling to his feet for traction, dragged him to the rear of the nose compartment and flung him down like a bloated and unwieldy bag in the entrance of the crawlway.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It is an ugly pistol, small in the round handle, large and flat in the barrel, and unwieldy.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • They are unwieldy and cumbersome, and for generations the craft has been used to teach BUD/S students to pull a paddle as a tight-knit crew, blast their way through the incoming surf, nig properly, and drag the thing into place in a regimented line for inspection on the sandy beach about every seven minutes.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Sleek unwieldy porkers were grunting in the repose and abundance of their pens, from whence sallied forth, now and then, troops of sucking pigs, as if to snuff the air.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • It was a large box camera with an accordion apparatus for the lens, unwieldy and as heavy as a stone around his neck, and he disliked it thoroughly.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Formerly one was obliged to travel in India by the old cumbrous methods of going on foot or on horseback, in palanquins or unwieldy coaches; now fast steamboats ply on the Indus and the Ganges, and a great railway, with branch lines joining the main line at many points on its route, traverses the peninsula from Bombay to Calcutta in three days.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The transportation of a single heavy gun was often considered equal to a victory gained; if happily, the difficulties of the passage had not so far separated it from its necessary concomitant, the ammunition, as to render it no more than a useless tube of unwieldy iron.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • The next time I went I cut the cables in pieces, carried off a hawser whole, with a great deal of iron work, and made another raft with the mizen and sprit-sail-yard; but this being so unwieldy, by the too heavy burden I had upon it, and not being able so dextrously to guide it, as the former, both my cargo and I were overturned.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It’s an awfully unwieldy business, this evacuation.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • There were items of furniture here and there; the white sheets thrown over them turned them into humped, unwieldy ghosts.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • It seemed as if Misfortune was never tired of worrying into motion that unwieldy exile.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The lower portion of the other is hidden from view by the head of the unwieldy bedstead which is thrust close up against it.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Amoskeag never saw it coming and was too unwieldy to adapt.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • The big Krag, long as a Kentucky squirrel rifle and as unwieldy, would be in reserve.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • In the 1980s, he founded his own venture capital firm in Menlo Park, California, and began buying up pieces of other companies that had grown too large and unwieldy.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • It makes a party unwieldy, don’t you think?
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • She continued working until she got too unwieldy to dust under the desks.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Then she began to struggle with him,but he flung her aside witha motion of his elbow and looked around at her for a moment, his eyes cold and harried, then he turned to the door again and the unwieldy keys.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • Perhaps the unbecoming force of my outburst brought home to him the gravity of his task, filled him with intimations of an unwieldy fate.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Towards the finish of the meal Chang entered and with a little bow began the exchange of politely conventional greetings which, in the English language, sounded just a trifle unwieldy.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • As I understand it, that was a valid objection urged by Momus against the house which Minerva made, that she "had not made it movable, by which means a bad neighborhood might be avoided"; and it may still be urged, for our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them; and the bad neighborhood to be avoided is our own scurvy selves.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He stood towards the myth upon which no individual mind had ever drawn out a line of beauty and to its unwieldy tales that divided against themselves as they moved down the cycles in the same attitude as towards the Roman catholic religion, the attitude of a dull-witted loyal serf.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Bathsheba’s eyes, shaded by one hand, were following the ascending multitude against the unexplorable stretch of blue till they ultimately halted by one of the unwieldy trees spoken of.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • A bullet grazed one of his unwieldy patched-on wings, but he kept flying awkwardly, rising upward slowly but steadily.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • However, we returned to those monsters, with fresh wakefulness on my part, and we left their eggs in the sand for the sun to hatch; and we ran away from them, and baffled them by constantly turning, which they were unable to do quickly, on account of their unwieldy make; and we went into the water after them, as natives, and put sharp pieces of timber down their throats; and in short we ran the whole crocodile gauntlet.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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