- burdensome; troublesome.
- unwieldy; clumsy.
Origin of cumbersome
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1. heavy, weighty, onerous. 2. awkward.
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Examples from the Web for cumbersome
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Cunningham was blown away by HyperCard when he first saw it, but he found it cumbersome.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
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Making ice cream was cumbersome, too, so for a long time only the elite could afford to eat it.An Investigation Into the Delicious Origins of Ice Cream
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Second, the dismissal process for ineffective teachers is so cumbersome and costly that it rarely works as it should.Vergara v. California: The Most Important Court Case You’ve Never Heard Of
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"I shall be travelling faster than your cumbersome safari," he objected.The Leopard Woman
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Now the aloe, you know, is of a cumbersome height for a supper ornament.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
She pushed the cumbersome baby-carriage with no apparent effort.The Yates Pride
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Norman found that while cumbersome their oxygen supply was unfailing.
Dancing seized the cumbersome chest and dragged it out of danger.The Mountain Divide
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- awkward because of size, weight, or shapecumbersome baggage
- difficult because of extent or complexitycumbersome accounts
C14: cumber, short for encumber + -some 1
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Word Origin and History for cumbersome
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