• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cumbersome not elegant or graceful in expression "an awkward prose style","a clumsy apology","his cumbersome writing style","if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
    • adj cumbersome difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight "a cumbersome piece of machinery","cumbrous protective clothing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • cumbersome Burdensome or hindering, as a weight or drag; embarrassing; vexatious; cumbrous. "To perform a cumbersome obedience."
    • cumbersome Not easily managed; as, a cumbersome contrivance or machine. "He holds them in utter contempt, as lumbering, cumbersome , circuitous."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cumbersome Burdensome; troublesome; embarrassing; vexatious: as, “cumbersome obedience,”
    • cumbersome Inconvenient; awkward; unwieldy; unmanageable; not easily borne or managed: as, a cumbersome load; a cumbersome machine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Cumbersome unwieldy: heavy
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. combrer, to hinder—Low L. cumbrus, a heap; corr. of L. cumulus, a heap.


In literature:

Jake and his wife had always got in each other's way, but never more cumbersomely than now.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
I'm so cumbersome, I can't get about as I'd like to.
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
The cause, he thought, was worth the sacrifice, and the garment was cumbersome.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
The seven were low, cumbersome, tawny, and they shuffled awkwardly.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
The punt was roomy, but a cumbersome craft.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
Removing this, she found she held a cumbersome old-fashioned iron key of curious design.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
She disliked traveling with a cumbersome outfit, even from the city to this ancestral foothold.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The tanks were cumbersome when out of the water.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
But piloting skill could not make up for the cumbersome bulk of his unarmed ship.
"The Instant of Now" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
I wriggled and struggled with the cumbersome burden that had been strangling the flickering life in me.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
Cumbersome fish wheels revolve sedately where the silver-sided salmon run in the springtime.
"In the Oregon Country" by George Palmer Putnam
The mathematical analysis connected with the application of the kinetic theory to diffusion is very long and cumbersome.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
But Clio, unused to the heavy and cumbersome space-armor she was wearing, could not roll in it with any degree of success.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
The whole thing is very cumbersome and heavy, and most tiring to walk with.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
He heard her complain of her folly in buying such cumbersome and weighty things, and ask herself how she was to reach home with them.
"My Dark Companions" by Henry M. Stanley
Pendoggat was carrying a huge black Bible, which was almost as cumbersome as Mary's umbrella.
"Furze the Cruel" by John Trevena
Taking off her cumbersome skis, she unlocked the front door and stepped inside the cabin.
"Behind the Green Door" by Mildred A. Wirt
But they were too cumbersome, and included too much labor for the ordinary hunter and angler.
"Woodcraft and Camping" by George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
Impeded as I was with a cumbersome riding-coat, I could not hope to make the leap successfully.
"The Wayfarers" by J. C. Snaith
Dutch, French, and Spanish vessels are alike slow and cumbersome.
"The Plowshare and the Sword" by Ernest George Henham

In poetry:

The glorious gospel is (in brief)
A sov'reign word of sweet relief;
Not clogg'd with cumbersome commands,
To bind the soul's receiving hands.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Youth enters yearningly,
Passionate, burningly,
Leaving both meadow and moorland behind,
Out of their number some
Crooked and cumbersome,
Cast back their glances and shriek with the Wind
"The Voice At The Cross-Roads" by R S Ward
Christ must rescue our souls from the pow'r of the Fiend,
Who in a dark dungeon still keeps us confin'd,
Fast bound, hand and foot, with sin's cumbersome chain;
Or we in the Valley of Death must remain.
"Another Piece Of Advice To Sinners To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Under Backe, the Red Bulls were never particularly worth watching as they lumbered along, over-weighted with their cumbersome Scandinavians, under-skilled with their naive college-style Americans.
These books are cumbersome, bursting with color, and defiantly tactile in an industry gone digital.
Carrying loads of dirty laundry from the bedroom down to the basement or utility room is a cumbersome task at best.
Here is yet another story of Utah's cumbersome I.D.
History is likely to record the EU's handling of the Greek crisis as slow, cumbersome and inadequate.
NAACP officials said they focused much of the meeting trying to convince Branstad to change a cumbersome application process that has resulted in less than 20 felons getting their voting rights back since January 2011.
That procedure is too cumbersome to be adapted directly for human use, experts said, and study co-author Katsuhiko Hayashi said in an email that it is also too inefficient.
The earliest flashlights created specifically for the law enforcement market were large, cumbersome affairs with external dimensions similar to a Louisville Slugger.
Periodic table is cumbersome on phone screen.
He Realizes His Real Name Is A Bit Cumbersome.
Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states struggled with the many cumbersome disaster recovery laws and regulations that simply are inadequate in dealing with a catastrophic disaster.
The federal agency determined the decking, which can be cumbersome for contractors, is unnecessary if workers attach their safety harnesses OSHA spelled out that interpretation in a directive to field officers in 2002.
Jose Tellez's hands are a flashing blur as he gracefully ties knots cumbersome ropes at the theater.
Doctors today face increasing regulatory documentation requirements that involve entering every lab test and prescription into a computer, a cumbersome process that often means leaving the patient alone.
Paying these workers with checks is costly and cumbersome for the school and the employees.

In science:

However, for arbitary N , M , n the results obtained in that way are still quite cumbersome.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
The resultant expressions are rather cumbersome, and for this reason approximate expressions are also given.
General Relativistic Modification of a Pulsar Electromagnetic Field
However, these expressions are somewhat cumbersome.
General Relativistic Modification of a Pulsar Electromagnetic Field
As the exact expression of the 2-point correlation function is cumbersome, in Section V the series expansion of the results is given.
Singular statistics
The above formulas give the exact expressions for the 2-point correlation function for the problem considered but they are quite cumbersome and suitable mostly for numerical calculations.
Singular statistics
Because of the square root, it is cumbersome to analyze the membrane theory directly using this action.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
This somewhat cumbersome relation has rather simple structure.
Products of random matrices and q-Catalan numbers
Calculation of p(z ) according to Eqs. (17), (18) is rather cumbersome, see Appendix.
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables
One can try to obtain results similar to Theorems 4.1 and 4.3, but expressions involved become extremely cumbersome.
restricted 1-3-2 permutations and generalized patterns
This makes existing models cumbersome and inflexible.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
I2 can be evaluated in elementary functions, but the results are too cumbersome to be presented here.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
This inequality while it is elemenfor functions f ∈ C ∞ tary to prove when the algebraic variety V (P ) is smooth away from the origin, it is rather cumbersome when the variety is singular.
On certain generalized Hardy's inequalities and applications
Traversal strategies Traversal based on such auxiliary function symbols and rewrite rules gets very cumbersome when larger signatures, that is, more constructors, are considered.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
The calculation of the second order term requires straightforward integration for much more cumbersome expressions.
Surface Roughness and Effective Stick-Slip Motion
However, for arbitary N , M , n the results obtained in that way are still quite cumbersome.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results