Definition of cumbersome in English:

cumbersome

adjective

  • 1Large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry or use; unwieldy.

    ‘cumbersome diving suits’
    • ‘My tackle seemed entirely appropriate in the garage but proved cumbersome on the rocks.’
    • ‘Both don the heavy, cumbersome diving suits and have their huge helmet clamped on.’
    • ‘It felt as heavy and cumbersome as armour, though she was warm and snug enough.’
    • ‘In her haste, she has packed too many items into one huge and cumbersome bundle, which she can barely carry let alone see around.’
    • ‘This is super heavy, real cumbersome, and not very conducive for what they want to do.’
    • ‘This was made easier by the fact that cameras were too cumbersome for soldiers to carry into combat.’
    • ‘Though her cast was heavy and cumbersome she was able to get around after the first week.’
    • ‘Stacy was the first to point out how cumbersome all that money was to carry.’
    • ‘The other possibility was that they were about to carry something heavy or cumbersome out of the room.’
    • ‘Additionally, we found the numerous pieces cumbersome and the carrying case a tad bulky for our tastes.’
    • ‘A folding chair such as this could just as easily have been made from wood, and wouldn't have been any heavier or cumbersome to use.’
    • ‘She was determined to show this woman that she was not a cumbersome weight.’
    • ‘Concrete rings have been used in the past but can be quite cumbersome and heavy for the home garden.’
    • ‘It was difficult for Cora to walk in because the train was three feet long, heavy, and cumbersome.’
    • ‘Considering the wealth of knowledge, one can forgive the fact that the book is huge and cumbersome to carry around.’
    • ‘She carried her cumbersome equipment herself, kept a low profile and discouraged people from focusing on her.’
    • ‘They are heavy, cumbersome and awkward, made from the most basic materials.’
    • ‘She didn't care that she didn't have a backpack to carry her cumbersome books in.’
    • ‘The major gripe by referees was the fact that the apparatus they were asked to carry was heavy and cumbersome.’
    • ‘You might have thought that wool meant a heavy, cumbersome, musty olive drab green blanket.’
    unwieldy, unmanageable, awkward, clumsy, ungainly, inconvenient, incommodious
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    1. 1.1Slow or complicated and therefore inefficient.
      ‘organizations with cumbersome hierarchical structures’
      • ‘We end up with legislation that is cumbersome and fraught with difficulty.’
      • ‘Now, tax saving is set to become a less cumbersome process.’
      • ‘There is a plethora of solutions that companies can purchase, but sometimes they can be rather cumbersome to implement.’
      • ‘Quite a lot of accused pay up rather than go through the cumbersome appeal procedure.’
      • ‘Special tables had been set up for employees to deal with this cumbersome procedure.’
      • ‘And many people find it cumbersome to stop their routine to take their pulse.’
      • ‘Now you need to go through a cumbersome registration procedure to get to the column.’
      • ‘The process may be somewhat cumbersome, but it could avoid problems down the road.’
      • ‘But Franklin wanted to make the process less cumbersome.’
      • ‘Voters can only wait and see if they elected a capable team to carry out these cumbersome tasks.’
      • ‘The complexities of having eight different airlines with different working cultures must surely prove cumbersome.’
      • ‘Further, the system of citation seems needlessly cumbersome.’
      • ‘"Some people might find the new system cumbersome and not bother registering to vote, " he said.’
      • ‘This was still a very slow and cumbersome way to communicate, and it had its own frustrations.’
      • ‘If a task manager is too cumbersome to use, you won't bother with it.’
      • ‘While still helpful, the 1998 amendment proved cumbersome in its administration.’
      • ‘The command economy relied upon a vast and cumbersome bureaucracy in which there were few incentives for efficiency and innovation.’
      • ‘She said the system was extremely cumbersome and that this had given some people cutting corners and operating illegally.’
      • ‘This type of action is none the less procedurally cumbersome and substantively difficult to apply, and is rarely used.’
      • ‘The modular fighting system could make this deployment process even more cumbersome.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense difficult to get through): from cumber + -some.

Pronunciation:

cumbersome

/ˈkəmbərsəm/