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?
nounarchaic Back to top
Middle English (in the sense 'overthrow, destroy'): probably from encumber.
Definition of cumber in:
- The British & World English dictionary