Simple Definition of cumbersome
: hard to handle or manage because of size or weight
: complicated and hard to do
: long and difficult to read, say, etc.
Examples of cumbersome
Squad members, already decked out in cumbersome chemical suits, put on masks and rubber gloves. —Ray Wilkinson, Newsweek, 11 Mar. 1991
He got the approval of the higher-ups, but the course was scuttled by members of his own department, who devised all kinds of cumbersome, silly requirements and prerequisites. —Alice Munro, New Yorker, 20 Mar. 1989
He cut some segments of the 2" pine but discovered that … a cumbersome system of braces would be needed to hold the sides straight. —John Updike, Couples, 1968
The application process is cumbersome and time-consuming.
Her expanded job title is really cumbersome.
Origin of cumbersome
First Known Use: 1535
Synonym Discussion of cumbersome
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