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Definition difficult to move or manage
in various senses, including:
  • "an unwieldy package" — difficult to handle because of size, weight, or shape
  • "an unwieldy person" — 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
  • I bumped into her while carrying the unwieldy package.
  • In its current form, the device is too big and unwieldy for mass sales.
  • unwieldy = difficult to move or manage
  • 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.
  • The web address is descriptive, but it's length makes it too unwieldy to write or type.
  • 'The unwieldy old man, lowering his big forehead like an ox under a yoke, made an effort to rise, clutching at the flintlock pistols on his knees.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • Max found that many of the weapons were storied but ancient and unwieldy.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Under his palms, the metal was cold, the heavy can unwieldy, a shifting steely glimmer under his eves.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Kate stumbled because of the unwieldy ladder.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The big Krag, long as a Kentucky squirrel rifle and as unwieldy, would be in reserve.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • I will do mine best to translate them, but the results may be rough and unwieldy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • "Not that what it was called before wasn't a name, but it's rather unwieldy to keep calling it 'The Island at the Edge of the World,' don't you think?"
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Jeb let the unwieldy box fall onto the mattress.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • 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
  • Elizabeth guided her this way and that; guided her in her abstraction as if she had been a great child, an unwieldy battleship.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • 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
  • The latter, fortunately, was loose, so that it produced no great influence on the crab like movements of the unwieldy craft.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • 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
  • Skeptical Sherpas promptly dubbed the unwieldy canisters "English Air.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • 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

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