cumbersome

[ kuhm-ber-suhm ]
/ ˈkʌm bər səm /

adjective

burdensome; troublesome.
unwieldy; clumsy.

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Origin of cumbersome

First recorded in 1325–75, cumbersome is from the Middle English word cummyrsum. See cumber, -some1

OTHER WORDS FROM cumbersome

cum·ber·some·ly, adverbcum·ber·some·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cumbersome

cumbersome

cumbrous (ˈkʌmbrəs)

/ (ˈkʌmbəsəm) /

adjective

awkward because of size, weight, or shapecumbersome baggage
difficult because of extent or complexitycumbersome accounts

Derived forms of cumbersome

cumbersomely or cumbrously, adverbcumbersomeness or cumbrousness, noun

Word Origin for cumbersome

C14: cumber, short for encumber + -some 1
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