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Cumbersome
WordNet 2.0
  • not elegant or graceful in expression
  • "an awkward prose style"
  • "a clumsy apology"
  • "his cumbersome writing style"
  • "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to repeat it now?"
  • difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight
  • "a cumbersome piece of machinery"
  • "cumbrous protective clothing"
Cumbersome
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Burdensome or hindering, as a weight or drag; embarrassing; vexatious; cumbrous.

    "To perform a cumbersome obedience. Sir. P. Sidney." --

    2. Not easily managed; as, a cumbersome contrivance or machine.

    "He holds them in utter contempt, as lumbering, cumbersome, circuitous. I. Taylor." --

    -- Cum"ber*some*ly, adv. -- Cum"ber*some*ness,n.

 

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Edgar R. Fiedler
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