1

cumber

play
verb cum·ber \ ˈkəm-bər \

Definition of cumber

cumbered; cumbering play \ˈkəm-b(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 archaic :trouble, harass
2 a :to hinder or encumber by being in the way
  • cumbered with heavy clothing
b :to clutter up
  • rocks cumbering the yard

Origin and Etymology of cumber

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


2

cumber

noun

Definition of cumber

:something that cumbers; especially :hindrance

First Known Use of cumber

14th century


Learn More about cumber


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cumber? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

agreeable, attractive, or delicious

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!