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cumber

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verb cum·ber \ˈkəm-bər\

Definition of cumber

cumbered

cumbering

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  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  trouble, harass

  3. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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cumber

noun cum·ber

Definition of cumber

  1. :  something that cumbers; especially :  hindrance

14th Century

First Known Use of cumber

14th century


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