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EtymologyEdit

cumber +‎ ground, in reference to the Bible, Luke 13:7.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌm.bə.ɡɹaʊnd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkʌm.bɚ.ɡɹaʊnd/
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  • Rhymes: -aʊnd

NounEdit

cumberground (plural cumbergrounds)

  1. (obsolete) Any totally worthless object or person; something that is just in the way.
    • 1927, Henry William Wolff, Co-operation in India, page 285:
      Give a man money, and he may sit down upon it and spend it, or live upon the interest which it will yield in idleness, a mere cumberground and drone, from whose life the world derives no benefit.

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