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cumbersome

adjective cum·ber·some \ˈkəm-bər-səm\

: hard to handle or manage because of size or weight

: complicated and hard to do

: long and difficult to read, say, etc.

Full Definition of CUMBERSOME

1
2
:  unwieldy because of heaviness and bulk
3
:  slow-moving :  ponderous
cum·ber·some·ly adverb
cum·ber·some·ness noun

Examples of CUMBERSOME

  1. The application process is cumbersome and time-consuming.
  2. Her expanded job title is really cumbersome.
  3. Squad members, already decked out in cumbersome chemical suits, put on masks and rubber gloves. —Ray Wilkinson, Newsweek, 11 Mar. 1991

Origin of CUMBERSOME

(see 1cumber)
First Known Use: 1535

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