cumbersome

adjective
cum·​ber·​some | \ˈkəm-bər-səm \

Definition of cumbersome 

1 : unwieldy because of heaviness and bulk a cumbersome package

2 : slow-moving : ponderous cumbersome administrative procedures

3 dialect : burdensome, troublesome

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Other Words from cumbersome

cumbersomely adverb
cumbersomeness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cumbersome

Synonyms

awkward, bunglesome, clumsy, clunky, cranky, cumbrous, ponderous, ungainly, unhandy, unwieldy

Antonyms

handy

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heavy, weighty, ponderous, cumbrous, cumbersome mean having great weight. heavy implies that something has greater density or thickness than the average of its kind or class. a heavy child for his age weighty suggests having actual and not just relative weight. a load of weighty boxes ponderous implies having great weight because of size and massiveness with resulting great inertia. ponderous elephants in a circus parade cumbrous and cumbersome imply heaviness and bulkiness that make for difficulty in grasping, moving, carrying, or manipulating. wrestled with the cumbrous furniture early cameras were cumbersome and inconvenient

Examples of cumbersome in a Sentence

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.
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But that would require a change in the way the grain is classified by the FDA, likely a time-consuming and cumbersome process. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "FDA allows food makers to fortify corn masa to halt birth defects, but few do," 16 Oct. 2018 This concept carries over from decor to design, favoring open-concept spaces that are flowing and devoid of any cumbersome and overwhelming furniture taking up visual (or actual) space. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "What Is Minimalism, Exactly?," 24 Sep. 2018 The masks and hoses can be cumbersome and noisy, and studies show that about third of patients don’t use their CPAPs as directed. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 Because the exoskeletons were cumbersome and used too much energy, the military lost interest—but the technology survived. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Swing Shift: A Bridge Wobbled and Robotics Benefited," 9 Nov. 2018 The product and experience While famously minimalist at launch, Instagram has evolved into a surprisingly complex, sophisticated app without feeling overwhelming or cumbersome. Dan Frommer, Recode, "How Facebook could screw up Instagram now that its founders are leaving," 27 Sep. 2018 Part netbook and part convertible, this year's edition remains quirky but seems more practical and less cumbersome than the original. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Lenovo Yoga Book 2018 review: The keyless keyboard returns, now in E Ink," 2 Nov. 2018 Well, for one, the shoulder bag is far less cumbersome than those black-hole totes made for lugging laptops and liter bottles of water. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Hottest Bag of the Late ’90s Is Back," 9 Oct. 2018 Videos will be more cumbersome to find, share and embed, and will no longer appear in YouTube and Facebook’s discovery engines. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Apple, YouTube and Facebook won’t silence Alex Jones and Infowars — but their bans will sharply limit his reach," 6 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cumbersome

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for cumbersome

see cumber entry 1

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cumbersome

adjective

English Language Learners 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.

cumbersome

adjective
cum·​ber·​some | \ˈkəm-bər-səm \

Kids Definition of cumbersome

: hard to handle or manage because of size or weight

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