cumber

verb
cum·​ber | \ˈkəm-bər \
cumbered; cumbering\ˈkəm-​b(ə-​)riŋ \

Definition of cumber 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : trouble, harass

2a : to hinder or encumber by being in the way cumbered with heavy clothing

b : to clutter up rocks cumbering the yard

cumber

noun

Definition of cumber (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that cumbers especially : hindrance

First Known Use of cumber

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cumber

Verb

Middle English combren, short for acombren, from Anglo-French acumbrer, encumbrer — more at encumber

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