[ kuhm-bruhs ]
See synonyms for: cumbrouscumbrously on


Origin of cumbrous

First recorded in 1325–75, cumbrous is from the Middle English word cumberous.See cumber, -ous

Other words from cumbrous

  • cum·brous·ly, adverb
  • cum·brous·ness, noun
  • non·cum·brous, adjective
  • non·cum·brous·ly, adverb
  • non·cum·brous·ness, noun
  • un·cum·brous, adjective
  • un·cum·brous·ly, adverb
  • un·cum·brous·ness, noun

Words Nearby cumbrous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cumbrous in a sentence

  • They were resting on their cumbrous belongings, strange groups, unkempt and half dressed.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • May not the construction be better taken as a simple, though to our ears cumbrous, inversion of, So I heard them not?

    The Fatal Dowry | Philip Massinger
  • The drawer shuffled to the other windows and opened the shutters with a cumbrous slipping of bolts.

    The Rake's Progress | Marjorie Bowen
  • Its forms are too cumbrous for regularly recurring expressions, subjected at once to the laws of metre and rhyme.

    The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Here and there about the yard, also, stand cumbrous cribs for fodder, at which two cows can feed at once.

    The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies