AskDefine | Define cumbrous

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cumbrous adj : difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight; "a cumbersome piece of machinery"; "cumbrous protective clothing" [syn: cumbersome]

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From cumber + -ous.




  1. Unwieldy because of its weight; cumbersome.
    • 1946: In the course of thousands of years, this cumbrous system developed into alphabetic writing. — Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy, ch. 1

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