Cumbering
Cumber Cum"ber (k?m"b?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cumbered} (-b?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cumbering}.] [OE. combren, cumbren,OF. combrer to hinder, from LL. cumbrus a heap, fr. L. cumulus; cf. Skr. ?? to increase, grow strong. Cf. {Cumulate}.] To rest upon as a troublesome or useless weight or load; to be burdensome or oppressive to; to hinder or embarrass in attaining an object, to obstruct or occupy uselessly; to embarrass; to trouble. [1913 Webster]

Why asks he what avails him not in fight, And would but cumber and retard his flight? --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Martha was cumbered about much serving. --Luke x. 40. [1913 Webster]

Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? -- Luke xiii. 7. [1913 Webster]

The multiplying variety of arguments, especially frivolous ones, . . . but cumbers the memory. --Locke. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cumber — I. transitive verb (cumbered; cumbering) Etymology: Middle English combren, short for acombren, from Anglo French acumbrer, encumbrer more at encumber Date: 14th century 1. archaic trouble, harass 2. a. to hinder or encumber by being in …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Cumber — Cum ber (k?m b?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cumbered} ( b?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cumbering}.] [OE. combren, cumbren,OF. combrer to hinder, from LL. cumbrus a heap, fr. L. cumulus; cf. Skr. ?? to increase, grow strong. Cf. {Cumulate}.] To rest upon as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cumbered — Cumber Cum ber (k?m b?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cumbered} ( b?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cumbering}.] [OE. combren, cumbren,OF. combrer to hinder, from LL. cumbrus a heap, fr. L. cumulus; cf. Skr. ?? to increase, grow strong. Cf. {Cumulate}.] To rest… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loading — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. stowing, storing, arranging cargo, putting on cargo, taking on freight, taking on passengers, filling, lading, weighing down, ballasting, cramming, burdening, encumbering, charging, priming, readying, cumbering,… …   English dictionary for students

  • cumber — (v.) c.1300, to overthrow, destroy; to be overwhelmed; to harass, apparently from French, but O.Fr. combrer to seize hold of, lay hands on, grab, snatch, take by force, rape, has not quite the same sense. Perhaps an aphetic formation from a verb… …   Etymology dictionary

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