clunky vs unwieldy what difference

what is difference between clunky and unwieldy

English

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ʌŋki

Adjective

clunky (comparative clunkier, superlative clunkiest)

  1. (informal) Ungainly; awkward; inelegant; cumbersome.
  2. Being or making a clunk sound.
    • 2012, Mike Brent, Fiona Dent, The Leader’s Guide to Influence
      You might find yourself listening to the sound your car door makes when it shuts. Is it a cheap tinny sound or a strong clunky sound like the VW?

Derived terms

  • clunkiness

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English

Alternative forms

  • unwieldly (less common, possibly nonstandard)

Etymology

From Middle English unweldi, equivalent to un- +‎ wieldy. Cognate with Middle Low German unweldich (unwieldy).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌʌnˈwɪəl.di/

Adjective

unwieldy (comparative unwieldier, superlative unwieldiest)

  1. (obsolete) Lacking strength; weak.
  2. (obsolete) Ungraceful in movement.
  3. Difficult to carry, handle, manage or operate because of its size, weight, shape or complexity.
  4. Badly managed or operated.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)

Derived terms

  • unwieldiness

Translations

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “unwieldy”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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