Definition of cumbersome adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkʌmbəsəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌmbərsəm//
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  1. 1large and heavy; difficult to carry synonym bulky cumbersome machinery
  2. 2slow and complicated cumbersome legal procedures
  3. 3(of words or phrases) long or complicated The organization changed its cumbersome title to something easier to remember.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘difficult to get through’): from cumber ‘obstruct’ + -some.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cumbersome