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
The word cumber here means to render barren or sterile.
Such trifles at best come under the head of what old Warner would have called cumber-minds.
He made this plea, not with an armoury of Greek learning, such as cumber Virgil and Horace, but with an original passion.
Whereupon the hawker took a "cumber" from his barrow, bit off the end, and chewed it till the sap squirted.
Why should they cumber their strength with his weakness?
It wasn't a hunting theme but the groom and groomsmen did were camo cumber buns.
When a man is free much may go unquestioned, which, should he be rash enough to cumber himself with domestic ties, society will instantly challenge.
And, while it is not nice that these men should die, it is ordained that they must die, and we should not quarrel with them if they cumber our highways and kitchen stoops with their perambulating carcasses.
In this painting, t looks like the vest or cumber band they wore as a bodice outside the peasant blouse, was of tapestry or a colorful print.
I carry a 4 gallon plactic milk carton on the back rack to hold my other junk and teh cumber long fis inside just right.