cumber

  • 1 Cumber — Cum ber (k?m b?r), n. [Cf. encombre hindrance, impediment. See Cuber,v.] Trouble; embarrassment; distress. [Obs.] [Written also {comber}.] [1913 Webster] A place of much distraction and cumber. Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster] Sage counsel in cumber …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 cumber — index clog, deter, disadvantage, encumber (hinder), hold up (delay), impede, load …

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  • 4 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

  • 5 cumber — *burden, encumber, weigh, weight, load, lade, tax, charge, saddle Analogous words: see those at ENCUMBER …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 cumber — [kum′bər] vt. [ME combren, aphetic < acombren < OFr encombrer < en (see EN 1) + combre, obstruction, barrier < VL * comboros, something brought together, ult. (? via Gaul) < IE * kom (see COM ) + base * bher , BEAR1] 1. to hinder… …

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  • 7 Cumber — This interesting name is of medieval English origin and is a dialectal of the locational or topographical name Coombe, itself from any of the numerous places named with the Old English pre 7th Century cumb , denoting a short, straight valley.… …

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  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 cumber — cumberer, n. cumberment, n. /kum beuhr/, v.t. 1. to hinder; hamper. 2. to overload; burden. 3. to inconvenience; trouble. n. 4. a hindrance. 5. something that cumbers. 6. Archaic. embarrassment; trouble. [1250 1300; ME cumbre (n …

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  • 10 cumber — verb To slow down, to hinder, to burden. 1886 Scott, Sir Walter The Fortunes of Nigel. Pub.: Adams Charles Black, Edinburgh; p321: Syn: encumber See Also: cumbersome, cumbrous, encumbrance, cumberground …

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  • 11 cumber — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To place a burden or heavy load on: burden1, charge, encumber, freight, lade, load, saddle, tax, weight. See OVER …

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  • 12 cumber — v. hinder, bother, encumber …

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  • 13 cumber — [ kʌmbə] verb dated hamper, hinder, or obstruct. noun archaic a hindrance, obstruction, or burden. Origin ME (in the sense overthrow, destroy ): prob. from encumber …

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  • 14 cumber — v. a. 1. Overload, oppress, clog, hamper, obstruct, encumber. 2. Distract, trouble, embarrass, perplex, plague, harass, worry, torment …

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  • 15 cumber — cum·ber …

    English syllables

  • 16 cumber — cum•ber [[t]ˈkʌm bər[/t]] v. t. 1) to hinder; hamper 2) to overload; burden 3) to inconvenience; trouble 4) a hindrance 5) something that cumbers 6) archaic embarrassment; trouble • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME cumbre (n.), cumbren (v.), aph. var. of …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 cumber — /ˈkʌmbə/ (say kumbuh) verb (t) 1. to hinder; hamper. 2. to overload; burden. 3. to inconvenience; trouble. –noun Obsolete 4. hindrance. 5. that which cumbers. 6. embarrassment; trouble. {Middle English cumberen, comberen, from Old French combrer… …

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  • 18 cumber —  trouble. N …

    A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • 19 cumber — v. & n. v.tr. literary hamper, hinder, inconvenience. n. a hindrance, obstruction, or burden. Etymology: ME, prob. f. ENCUMBER …

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  • 20 cumber-ground — cumˈber ground noun (Bible) A useless thing • • • Main Entry: ↑cumber …

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