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cumber

[ kuhm-ber ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to hinder; hamper.
  2. to overload; burden.
  3. to inconvenience; trouble.


noun

  1. a hindrance.
  2. something that cumbers.
  3. Archaic. embarrassment; trouble.

cumber

/ ˈkʌmbə /

verb

  1. to obstruct or hinder
  2. obsolete.
    to inconvenience


noun

  1. a hindrance or burden
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Derived Forms

  • ˈcumberer, noun
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Other Words From

  • cumber·er noun
  • cumber·ment noun
  • over·cumber verb (used with object)
  • un·cumbered adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cumber1

1250–1300; Middle English cumbre (noun), cumbren (v.), aphetic variant of acumbren to harass, defeat; encumber
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Word History and Origins

Origin of cumber1

C13: probably from Old French combrer to impede, prevent, from combre barrier; see encumber
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Example Sentences

There is no specimen at present in the Museum, the one stuffed by Miss Cumber having, as above mentioned, disappeared.

God had, at any rate, decreed that this man should not cumber it as a drone.

My followers have fled, though I am glad to see some of the hare-livered dogs cumber the ground.

I believe,' said she smiling, though she sighed too, 'that I am still to cumber the ground a little longer.

There is (p. 361) no picturesque decay in London; what is not of use must go: it dare not cumber the precious ground.

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