cumbersome

cumbersome

[kuhm-ber-suhm]
adjective
1.
burdensome; troublesome.
2.
unwieldy; clumsy.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English cummyrsum. See cumber, -some1

cumbersomely, adverb
cumbersomeness, noun


1. heavy, weighty, onerous. 2. awkward.
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cumbersome or cumbrous (ˈkʌmbəsəm, ˈkʌmbrəs)
 
adj
1.  awkward because of size, weight, or shape: cumbersome baggage
2.  difficult because of extent or complexity: cumbersome accounts
 
[C14: cumber, short for encumber + -some1]
 
cumbrous or cumbrous
 
adj
 
[C14: cumber, short for encumber + -some1]
 
'cumbersomely or cumbrous
 
adv
 
'cumbrously or cumbrous
 
adv
 
'cumbersomeness or cumbrous
 
n
 
'cumbrousness or cumbrous
 
n

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cumbersome
late 14c., from cumber (v.) + -some. Meaning "unwieldy, hard to carry" is from 1590s.
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