cumbersome

adjective
cum·​ber·​some | \ ˈkəm-bər-səm How to pronounce cumbersome (audio) \

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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That, however, is one of the problems with these sorts of limitations — they’re too cumbersome to remove in a timely manner. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president," 12 Dec. 2018 The company is betting that as mobility services, such as ride-hailing, become more popular, people will want access to vehicles of their choosing without getting locked into the hassles of car ownership, such as cumbersome leases or loans. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "SoftBank Leads $385 Million Bet on Fair, a Subscription-Car Startup," 20 Dec. 2018 Without a whit of cumbersome scenery or signaling, the play slips from the 21st century into 1844, when a young German Jew arrives in the harbor of New York City. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ Is a Transfixing Epic of Riches and Ruin," 13 July 2018 Now may have a cumbersome name, but the music falls into place with a balanced mix of grace and groove. Chris Barton, latimes.com, "Overrated/Underrated: What is 'prestige horror,' and a supergroup is born in R+R=Now," 22 June 2018 The screen is still big and the system intuitive, but adjusting fan speed and a some other tasks seem cumbersome. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Volvo XC40 SUV has wireless phone charging, carryout bag hook," 23 May 2018 Today's life jackets are not the bulky, cumbersome clunkers that most people are familiar with from childhood or have stashed in the cubbies of recreational boats. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "A look at commercial fishing fatalities," 6 May 2018 The imbroglio was the result of a series of missteps by Brazilian policy makers, from a cumbersome arrangement for export loan guarantees to a gross underestimation of the credit risk. Rachel Gamarski, Bloomberg.com, "Brazil Avoids Default Risk by Approving Venezuela Loan Pay-Out," 3 May 2018 But many of the new on-demand platforms offer a high-tech twist, incorporating software that simplifies the cumbersome process of integrating the customer’s order management technology with the provider’s systems. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "On-Demand Warehouse Space Gains Traction in Tight Real-Estate Market," 23 Dec. 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 How to pronounce cumbersome (audio) \

Kids Definition of cumbersome

: hard to handle or manage because of size or weight

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