verb (used with object)
Origin of encumber
Examples from the Web for encumber
It should not encumber the banking system we need with failed institutions.
It seems hard to encumber a man of business like me with the action and the motive too.Coelebs In Search of a Wife|Hannah More
Uncoupled and with the links tied together, it would not encumber him on the hike.Ladies and Gentlemen |Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
These spurs—so—cut loose that heavy piece from the saddle: the cloak, too; you must have nothing to encumber you.The Rifle Rangers|Captain Mayne Reid
Word Origin for encumber
early 14c., "burden, vex, inconvenience," from Old French encombrer "to block up, hinder, thwart," from Late Latin incombrare, from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + combrus "barricade, obstacle," probably from Latin cumulus "heap." Meaning "hinder, hamper" is attested in English from late 14c. Related: Encumbered; encumbering.