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cum·ber·some

 (kŭm′bər-səm)
adj.
1. Difficult to handle because of weight or bulk: tried to lug the cumbersome luggage up the stairs.
2. Difficult to use or deal with: cumbersome instructions; a cumbersome name; a cumbersome registration process.

cum′ber·some·ly adv.
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cumbersome

(ˈkʌmbəsəm) or

cumbrous

adj
1. awkward because of size, weight, or shape: cumbersome baggage.
2. difficult because of extent or complexity: cumbersome accounts.
[C14: cumber, short for encumber + -some1]
ˈcumbersomely, ˈcumbrously adv
ˈcumbersomeness, ˈcumbrousness n
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cum•ber•some

(ˈkʌm bər səm)

adj.
1. burdensome; heavy or bulky.
2. unwieldy; clumsy.
[1325–75]
cum′ber•some•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cumbersome - difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight; "a cumbersome piece of machinery"; "cumbrous protective clothing"
unmanageable, unwieldy - difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape; "we set about towing the unwieldy structure into the shelter"; "almost dropped the unwieldy parcel"
2.cumbersome - not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
infelicitous - not appropriate in application; defective; "an infelicitous remark"; "infelicitous phrasing"; "the infelicitous typesetting was due to illegible copy"
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cumbersome

adjective
1. awkward, heavy, hefty (informal), clumsy, bulky, weighty, impractical, inconvenient, burdensome, unmanageable, clunky (informal), cumbrous Although the machine looks cumbersome, it is easy to use.
awkward practical, compact, convenient, handy, easy to use, manageable, wieldy
2. inefficient, unwieldy, badly organized an old and cumbersome computer system
inefficient efficient, serviceable
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cumbersome

adjective
Unwieldy or clumsy, especially due to excess weight:
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Translations
مُربِك، ثَقيل ومُتْعِب
těžkopádný
tunguhåndterlig
hankalahankalastikäsitelläkömpelörasittava
òungur í vöfum; óòjáll
gremėzdiškas
neērtstraucējošs

cumbersome

[ˈkʌmbəsəm] cumbrous [ˈkʌmbrəs] ADJ (= bulky) → voluminoso, de mucho bulto; (= awkward) → incómodo
he was muffled in thick and cumbersome clothinglas abultadas ropas de abrigo casi le tapaban la cara
the machine was slow and cumbersome to usela máquina resultaba lenta y aparatosa or lenta e incómoda (de manejar)
cumbersome administrative proceduresprocedimientos mpl administrativos engorrosos
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

cumbersome

[ˈkʌmbərsəm] adj
(physically) [object] → encombrant(e)
[process, system, bureaucracy] → lourd(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

cumbersome

adj clothing, coat(be)hinderlich; spacesuit, movements, gesture, style, piece of musicschwerfällig; vehicleunhandlich (inf), → schwer zu manövrieren; suitcases, parcelssperrig, unhandlich; procedure, regulationsbeschwerlich, mühselig; it’s so cumbersome having to wear all this heavy clothinges ist so lästig, dass man alle diese schweren Kleidungsstücke tragen muss
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

cumbersome

[ˈkʌmbəsəm] adjingombrante
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

cumbersome

(ˈkambəsəm) adjective
(of things) heavy and clumsy. a cumbersome piece of furniture.
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Swinging swiftly through the trees, he came out upon the river-bank at the very point at which Rokoff had overhauled Jane as she endeavoured to launch the cumbersome dugout.
The young girl obediently yielded to her old companion's wish and unpinning the cumbersome, sombre drapery from her bonnet, folded it neatly and laid it upon the seat in front of her.
The dilation and contraction of the gas in the balloon is my means of locomotion, which calls for neither cumbersome wings, nor any other mechanical motor.
It makes it so cumbersome and dangerous to manage, you never know a moment's freedom from anxiety and care, never gain a moment's rest for dreamy laziness - no time to watch the windy shadows skimming lightly o'er the shallows, or the glittering sunbeams flitting in and out among the ripples, or the great trees by the margin looking down at their own image, or the woods all green and golden, or the lilies white and yellow, or the sombre- waving rushes, or the sedges, or the orchis, or the blue forget-me-nots.
The queen likewise ordered the thinnest silks that could be gotten, to make me clothes, not much thicker than an English blanket, very cumbersome till I was accustomed to them.
His spear and bow and arrows were cumbersome and he usually kept one or all of them hidden away in a private cache.
Now, however, he saw a Gomangani arrayed in less cumbersome apparel--a loin cloth, a few copper ornaments and a feather headdress.
When that comes, think not thou to find me slack On my part aught endeavouring, or to need Thy politic maxims, or that cumbersome Luggage of war there shewn me--argument Of human weakness rather than of strength.
I have, with the consent of his family, changed the long and cumbersome sub-title of the book, calling it a 'Real-Romance of the South Seas,' as best expressing its nature.
One was found to have too small a print for a child's eyes, and the other to be too cumbersome for her to carry about.
Even the cumbersome German construction is not able to take the pathos out of that picture--indeed, it somehow seems to strengthen it.
Life is real again, and the useless and cumbersome and mischievous have to die.

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