EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

cumber +‎ -ous

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cumbrous (comparative more cumbrous, superlative most cumbrous)

  1. Unwieldy because of its weight; cumbersome.
    • (Can we date this quote by Jonathan Swift and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      He sunk beneath the cumbrous weight.
    • (Can we date this quote by De Quincey and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      that cumbrous and unwieldy style which disfigures English composition so extensively
    • 1946, Bertrand Russell, chapter 1, in History of Western Philosophy:
      In the course of thousands of years, this cumbrous system developed into alphabetic writing.
  2. (obsolete) Giving trouble; vexatious.
    • (Can we date this quote by Edmund Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      a cloud of cumbrous gnats