Definition of cumbrous in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌmbrəs


Literary term for cumbersome.
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  • He replied that the proxy bill was not unconstitutional, though its mode of operation was ‘inconvenient, cumbrous and liable to fraud and abuse.’
  • It was anti-futuristic, so cumbrous and mechanical that even the acronym seemed dated.
  • It was his role to give the villains their orders for the night, haggle over the prices and keep a candle burning in the dissecting room waiting for the cumbrous sacks to arrive.


late Middle English (in the sense 'difficult to get through'): from cumber + -ous.



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  • He moves softly and cumbrously, not unlike a bear who has been taught to walk upright.
  • Slowly and cumbrously it made its way along the line until it reached the end of the section at Attack Creek.
  • So one kind of knew what to expect from this cumbrously titled opus.


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  • The higher self craves freedom from the cumbrousness, the limitations, the pains and disabilities of the body.
  • Over time, its descendants became ever more adept at swimming and paid for their aquatic prowess with increasing cumbrousness on land.
  • In them the movement is, as a rule, only swift when compared with the normal pace of armies, and the cumbrousness and elaboration of the military machine lessen the feeling of personal adventure.

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