from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a cumbrous manner.

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  • adverb In a cumbrous manner.


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cumbrous +‎ -ly


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

    Bleak House

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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


  • 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

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

    The Waves

  • 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

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

    Flying Finish


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