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Dictionary entry overview: What does cumbersome mean?
• CUMBERSOME (adjective)
The adjective CUMBERSOME has 2 senses:
1. difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight
2. not elegant or graceful in expression
Familiarity information: CUMBERSOME used as an adjective is rare.
Dictionary entry details
|Sense 1||cumbersome [BACK TO TOP]|
Difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight
a cumbersome piece of machinery / cumbrous protective clothing
|Sense 2||cumbersome [BACK TO TOP]|
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?
infelicitous (not appropriate in application; defective)
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