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CUMBERSOME

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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 


CUMBERSOME (adjective)


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Meaning:

Difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight

Synonyms:

cumbersome; cumbrous

Context examples:

a cumbersome piece of machinery / cumbrous protective clothing

Similar:

unmanageable; unwieldy (difficult to use or handle or manage because of size or weight or shape)


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Meaning:

Not elegant or graceful in expression

Synonyms:

ill-chosen; inapt; inept; clumsy; cumbersome; awkward

Context examples:

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?

Similar:

infelicitous (not appropriate in application; defective)


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