from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Cumbersome.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Burdensome; hindering or obstructing; rendering action difficult or toilsome; clogging; cumbersome.
- Causing trouble or annoyance; troublesome; vexatious.
- Difficult to use; characterized by unwieldiness or clumsiness; ungainly; clumsy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Rendering action or motion difficult or toilsome; serving to obstruct or hinder; burdensome; clogging.
- adjective obsolete Giving trouble; vexatious.
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Unwieldybecause of its weight; cumbersome.
- adjective obsolete Giving trouble;
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- adjective difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight
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He had been, though a much younger man, acquainted with the late Sir Hildebrand; and whenever Mrs Rayland and Lord Carloraine met, which they did in cumbrous state twice or thrice a year, their whole conversation consisted of eulogiums on the days that were passed, in expressing their dislike of all that was now acting in a degenerate world, and their contempt of the actors.
Since Latin enditing is "cumbrous," the translator of _The Blood at
 In all Gray's Odes, there is a kind of cumbrous splendour which we wish away ....
"hallowed fountains," and "solemn sound;" but in all Gray's odes there is a kind of cumbrous splendour which we wish away.
"In all Gray's odes," wrote Johnson, "there is a kind of cumbrous splendor which we wish away ...
He certainly loved his little illustrations in The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite more than all the lengthy accounts and necessarily cumbrous descriptions of ceremonies which in actuality sometimes go as smoothly as the waters of Shiloah.
Mr. Jensen describes how his sailors feel cumbrous and fumbling when on land, and the same is somewhat the case for the book.
The exception was that the formal pronoun was never used in addressing God, and it would still be weird for anybody to use the formal pronoun in prayer, though the endings of it are sometimes unwittingly attached to verbs by people who still find the informal cumbrous and unfamiliar.
These will not be numbered among the devotees of Waugh, and probably struggle with pompousness, may be cumbrous or even clumsy from time to time.
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John Gielgud, playing Othello at Stratford in 1961, was less happy, complaining that Hall's costumes were "beautiful but cumbrous" and that the elaborate production stalled while Zeffirelli leafed through "his damned press cuttings".
bilby commented on the word cumbrous
"Then, without warning, the tunnel ended.
The cumbrous door blocking their way was a thick wall of riveted iron."
- 'Angels and Demons', Dan Brown.
February 28, 2008
chained_bear commented on the word cumbrous
"...the system of tackles to the fore and main yardarms being so cumbrous..."
--Patrick O'Brian, The Truelove, 227
March 11, 2008
yarb commented on the word cumbrous
As an overladen Indiaman bearing down the Hindostan coast with a deck load of frightened horses, careens, buries, rolls, and wallows on her way; so did this old whale heave his aged bulk, and now and then partly turning over on his cumbrous rib-ends, expose the cause of his devious wake in the unnatural stump of his starboard fin.
- Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 81
July 26, 2008
qms commented on the word cumbrous
When Autumn turns chilly and umbrous
And burdens once light become cumbrous,
The long shadows deepen,
The way seems to steepen.
And pilgrims grow weary and slumbrous.
September 26, 2016