from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a cumbrous manner.

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  • adverb In a cumbrous manner.


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cumbrous +‎ -ly


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  • Mr. Chadband moves softly and cumbrously, not unlike a bear who has been taught to walk upright.

    Bleak House 2007

  • It was making its way, cumbrously, round the building, stopping, as it came to each window, to peer in, and shake at the bars, with which — as in this house — they were protected; and whenever it came to a door, it would push at it, fingering the fastening stealthily.

    The House on the Borderland 2007

  • Sun-birds rival the flashing colors of the humming-birds in the jungle openings; king-fishers of large size and brilliant blue plumage make the river banks gay; shrieking paroquets with coral-colored beaks and tender green feathers, abound in the forests; great, heavy-billed hornbills hop cumbrously from branch to branch, rivaling in their awkward gait the rhinoceros hornbills; the

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither Isabella Lucy 2004

  • When sweetmeats were offered them, they put out great red hands to take them, and felt themselves treading cumbrously like tight – coated soldiers among these soft instinctive people.

    The Voyage Out 2004

  • She seemed to have known and experienced so much, as she moved cumbrously about the room, that surely there must be balm for all anguish in her words, could one induce her to have recourse to them.

    The Voyage Out 2004

  • Till she went, four days later, she was curiously still, he cumbrously affectionate.

    Babbit 2004

  • The Emir moved so cumbrously, having no sense of the road: and flatly refused to join with Lloyd and myself into one caravan, for safety.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom Thomas Edward 2003

  • Pondering, sunken headed, the cattle stood in the fields and cumbrously moved one foot and then another.

    The Waves 2003

  • The first rains fell; the wet ground made heavy going, streams were in spate; we seemed now to move as cumbrously as Darius 'train.

    The Persian Boy Renault, Mary 1972

  • I banked tentatively to the left and felt the plane respond cumbrously, heavy on my arms.

    Flying Finish Francis, Dick, 1920- 1966


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