Cumbrous Cum"brous (k?m"br?s), a. 1. Rendering action or motion difficult or toilsome; serving to obstruct or hinder; burdensome; clogging. [1913 Webster]

He sunk beneath the cumbrous weight. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

That cumbrousand unwieldy style which disfigures English composition so extensively. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

2. Giving trouble; vexatious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

A clud of cumbrous gnats. --Spenser. -- {Cum"brous*ly}, adv. -- {Cum"brous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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