- 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 uncumbered
Here is the floor of a new wood, yet uncumbered by one year's autumn fall.Letters from America
It was primitive man, riding between the highlands, uncumbered, free to grasp what was before him.Lazarre</p>
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
At this time it was covered by a fair, open walnut-wood, uncumbered with bush or undergrowth.
- to obstruct or hinder
- obsolete to inconvenience
- a hindrance or burden
Word Origin and History for uncumbered
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.