- 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
Historical Examples of 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
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 for cumber
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.