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English definition of “cumbersome”


adjective     /ˈkʌm.bə.səm/ US  /-bɚ-/
awkward because of being large, heavy, or not effective: cumbersome equipment cumbersome bureaucracyCausing difficulties for oneself or othersThick, dense and heavy
(Definition of cumbersome adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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