The definition of cumbersome is something that is difficult to deal with or handle because of its size or weight.
An example of cumbersome is a heavy, unevenly weighted television.
hard to handle or deal with as because of size, weight, or complexity; burdensome; unwieldy; clumsy
- Difficult to handle because of weight or bulk: tried to lug the cumbersome luggage up the stairs.
- Difficult to use or deal with: cumbersome instructions; a cumbersome name; a cumbersome registration process.
(comparative more cumbersome, superlative most cumbersome)
- Burdensome or hindering, as a weight or drag; vexatious; cumbrous.
- Not easily managed or handled; awkward.
- Cumbersome machines can endanger operators and slow down production.
- Hard, difficult, demanding to handle or get around with.
- A slaves' work was as cumbersome as toiling on the fields, or in the mines.
cumber (“hindrance”) + -some.
- The large lockers were cumbersome and heavy.
- While it was feasible, Quinn's equipment was cumbersome and there were the ever present problem of absolute quiet, not to mention the security issue.
- This is going to be a lot more cumbersome than my usual costume.
- But this advantage is only procured by the sacrifice of some accuracy; for notwithstanding the cumbersome apparatus employed, the conditions of the problem are not always exactly satisfied, nor is it possible that they can be always satisfied by any similar method of proceeding.
- Berzelius, although by common consent it was much simpler and more convenient than his cumbersome system of circular symbols.