Definitions for: Cumber


[v] hold back



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

Martha was cumbered about much serving. --Luke x. 40.

Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? -- Luke xiii.
7.

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


Cum"ber (k?m"b?r), n. [Cf. encombre hindrance,
impediment. See Cuber,v.]
Trouble; embarrassment; distress. [Obs.] [Written also
comber.]

A place of much distraction and cumber. -- Sir H.
Wotton.

Sage counsel in cumber. --Sir W.
Scott.

Synonyms: constrain, encumber, restrain

See Also: bound, bridle, clog, confine, curb, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel

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