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(Entry 1 of 2)
: trouble, harass
: to hinder or encumber by being in the way
cumbered with heavy clothing
: to clutter up
rocks cumbering the yard
Definition of cumber (Entry 2 of 2)
: something that cumbers
14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
14th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English combren, short for acombren, from Anglo-French acumbrer, encumbrer — more at encumber
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