Definition of cumber in English:


Line breaks: cum¦ber
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌmbə


[with object] dated
  • 1Hamper or hinder: they were cumbered with greatcoats and swords
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    • 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


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


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

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