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cumber

Syllabification: cum·ber
Pronunciation: /ˈkəmbər
 
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Definition of cumber in English:

verb

[with object] dated
1Hamper or hinder (someone or something): they were cumbered with greatcoats and swords
More example sentences
  • He cumbers himself never about consequences, about interests: he gives an independent, genuine verdict.
  • That's what I am cumbered with but I have come here to do a job that the people have committed me to do.
  • But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?
1.1Obstruct (a path or space): the road was clean and dry and not still cumbered by slush

noun

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A hindrance, obstruction, or burden: a cumber of limestone rocks

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'overthrow, destroy'): probably from encumber.

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