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cumbersome

[kuhm-ber-suh m] /ˈkʌm bər səm/
adjective
1.
burdensome; troublesome.
2.
unwieldy; clumsy.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English cummyrsum. See cumber, -some1
Related forms
cumbersomely, adverb
cumbersomeness, noun
Synonyms
1. heavy, weighty, onerous. 2. awkward.
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British Dictionary definitions for cumbersome

cumbersome

/ˈkʌmbəsəm/
adjective
1.
awkward because of size, weight, or shape: cumbersome baggage
2.
difficult because of extent or complexity: cumbersome accounts
Derived Forms
cumbersomely, cumbrously, adverb
cumbersomeness, cumbrousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: cumber, short for encumber + -some1
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Word Origin and History for cumbersome
adj.

late 14c., from cumber (v.) + -some (1). Meaning "unwieldy, hard to carry" is from 1590s. Related: Cumbersomely; cumbersomeness.

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