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Meaning of CUMBER

Pronunciation:  'kumbur

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  hold back

CUMBER is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: constrain, encumber, restrain
 See Also: bound, bridle, clog, confine, curb, limit, restrict, throttle, trammel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cum"ber\ (k?m"b?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cumbered}
    (-b?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cumbering}.] [OE. combren,
    cumbren,OF. combrer to hinder, from LL. cumbrus a heap, fr.
    L. cumulus; cf. Skr. ?? to increase, grow strong. Cf.
    To rest upon as a troublesome or useless weight or load; to
    be burdensome or oppressive to; to hinder or embarrass in
    attaining an object, to obstruct or occupy uselessly; to
    embarrass; to trouble.
          Why asks he what avails him not in fight, And would but
          cumber and retard his flight?            --Dryden.
          Martha was cumbered about much serving.  --Luke x. 40.
          Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? -- Luke xiii.
          The multiplying variety of arguments, especially
          frivolous ones, . . . but cumbers the memory. --Locke.
  2. \Cum"ber\ (k?m"b?r), n. [Cf. encombre hindrance,
    impediment. See Cuber,v.]
    Trouble; embarrassment; distress. [Obs.] [Written also
          A place of much distraction and cumber.  -- Sir H.
          Sage counsel in cumber.                  --Sir W.