- to hinder by obstruction or interference; hamper
- to burden in a troublesome way
- Obs. to perplex or distress
Origin of cumberMiddle English combren, aphetic from acombren from Old French encombrer from en- (see en-) + combre, obstruction, barrier from Vulgar Latin an unverified form comboros, something brought together, ultimately (? via Gaul) from Indo-European an unverified form kom (see com-) + base an unverified form bher-, bear
transitive verbcum·bered, cum·ber·ing, cum·bers
- To weigh down; burden: was cumbered with many duties.
- To hamper or hinder, as by being in the way: was cumbered with a long poncho.
- To litter; clutter up: Weeds cumbered the garden paths.
- Archaic To bother; distress.
Origin of cumberMiddle English combren to annoy from Old French combrer from combre hindrance from Vulgar Latin comboros of Celtic origin
(third-person singular simple present cumbers, present participle cumbering, simple past and past participle cumbered)
- (dated) To slow down, to hinder, to burden.
From the Middle English combren.