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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Without anti-discrimination laws, victims have little recourse apart from filing a cumbersome federal employment complaint. Chris Kenning, The Courier-Journal, "What a Kentucky town's 20-year struggle with 'Fairness' says about rural LGBTQ rights," 21 June 2019 Earlier attempts to have police take more people to the Cascadia clinic largely failed -- some say because of the distance and cumbersome process to hand off the person in custody. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County hopes to create alternative to jail, ERs for mentally ill homeless people," 10 June 2019 But taking carbon offsetting into your own hands can be a bit confusing, and arranging air travel is already cumbersome as is. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Book a Flight and This App Will Offset Your CO2 Emissions for Free," 1 May 2019 Congress made this distinction based on evidence that cumbersome securities regulations were deterring startups from raising money publicly, though flush private markets also reduced the need to do so. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Startups Grow Up," 22 Feb. 2019 Google’s app for controlling all the services and devices tied to a Chromecast Audio isn’t as tidy as the one Sonos offers, which can make this slightly more cumbersome to control. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Father’s Day gift guide," 13 June 2018 Those who do handle radioactive material must first don protective suits that are inherently cumbersome and are further encumbered by the air hoses needed to allow the wearer to breathe. The Economist, "Cleaning up nuclear waste is an obvious task for robots," 20 June 2019 The process is complicated and cumbersome—almost comical with all the hoops workers... Robert J. Bellafiore, WSJ, "The New York Union That Says Ni," 7 Apr. 2019 Although cumbersome, electronic payments are possible on a feature phone, and some such phones have cameras that can read QR codes. The Economist, "Paying respectsHow mobile money is spreading," 3 May 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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The first known use of cumbersome was in 1535

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More Definitions for cumbersome

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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