from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To weigh down; burden: was cumbered with many duties.
- transitive v. To hamper or hinder, as by being in the way: was cumbered with a long poncho.
- transitive v. To litter; clutter up: Weeds cumbered the garden paths.
- transitive v. Archaic To bother; distress.
- n. A hindrance; an encumbrance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To slow down, to hinder, to burden.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To rest upon as a troublesome or useless weight or load; to be burdensome or oppressive to; to hinder or embarrass in attaining an object, to obstruct or occupy uselessly; to embarrass; to trouble.
- n. Trouble; embarrassment; distress.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To burden or obstruct with or as with a load or weight, or any impediment; load excessively or uselessly; press upon; choke up; clog.
- To be a clog to; hinder by obstruction; hamper in movement.
- To trouble; perplex; embarrass; distract.
- n. That which cumbers; a burden; a hindrance; an obstruction.
- n. Embarrassment; disturbance; distress; trouble.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hold back
Middle English combren, to annoy, from Old French combrer, from combre, hindrance, from Vulgar Latin *comboros, of Celtic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Middle English combren. (Wiktionary)