- to hinder; hamper.
- to overload; burden.
- to inconvenience; trouble.
- a hindrance.
- something that cumbers.
- Archaic. embarrassment; trouble.
Origin of cumber
Examples from the Web for cumber
Why should I cumber myself with regrets that the receiver is not capacious?Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Two men abreast could not beset him, since one must cumber the movements of the other.St. Martin's Summer
God had at any rate decreed that this man should not cumber it as a drone.
You don't imagine of what service Lord Cumber and I could be of to you.Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent
God had, at any rate, decreed that this man should not cumber it as a drone.
- to obstruct or hinder
- obsolete to inconvenience
- a hindrance or burden
Word Origin and History for cumber
c.1300, "to overthrow, destroy; to be overwhelmed; to harass," apparently from French, but Old French combrer "to seize hold of, lay hands on, grab, snatch, take by force, rape," has not quite the same sense. Perhaps a shortened formation from a verb akin to Middle English acombren "obstructing progress," from Old French encombrer, from combre "obstruction, barrier," from Vulgar Latin *comboros "that which is carried together," perhaps from a Gaulish word.