Definition of cumber in English:

cumber

verb

[WITH OBJECT]dated
  • 1 Hamper or hinder.

    ‘they were cumbered with greatcoats and swords’
    • ‘That's what I am cumbered with but I have come here to do a job that the people have committed me to do.’
    • ‘The municipality carried a crippling burden of 13 months of unpaid salaries and was cumbered by a devastating one-year-long strike action, rendering the local authority moribund.’
    • ‘He cumbers himself never about consequences, about interests: he gives an independent, genuine verdict.’
    • ‘But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone?’
    • ‘Now it is good for nothing, but to cumber the ground, and furnish fuel for Tophet.’
    hamper, be a hindrance to, obstruct, impede, inhibit, retard, baulk, thwart, foil, baffle, curb, delay, arrest, interfere with, set back, slow down, hold back, hold up, forestall, stop, halt
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    1. 1.1Obstruct (a path or space)
      ‘the road was clean and dry and not still cumbered by slush’

noun

Archaic
  • A hindrance, obstruction, or burden.

    ‘a cumber of limestone rocks’
    impediment, obstacle, barrier, bar, obstruction, handicap, block, check, curb, brake, hurdle, restraint, restriction, limitation, encumbrance, deterrent, complication, delay, interruption, stoppage
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘overthrow, destroy’): probably from encumber.

Pronunciation:

cumber

/ˈkʌmbə/