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cumber Line breaks: cum¦ber
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌmbə/

Definition of cumber in English:


[with object] dated
1Hamper or hinder: 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


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


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

Words that rhyme with cumber

Columba, encumber, Humber, lumbar, lumber, number, outnumber, rumba, slumber, umber
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