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Definition difficult to handle — especially because of size or shape or weight


not elegant or graceful in expression
  • a cumbersome piece of machinery
cumbersome = difficult to handle
  • his cumbersome writing style
  • Can you help me move this box? It's not heavy, but it is cumbersome.
  • navigating a cumbersome bureaucracy
  • But I dare say you'd find it a little bit cumbersome.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • cumbersome = difficult to handle
  • It was big and cumbersome where the minnie ball had chewed it in passing.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • cumbersome = difficult to handle and not graceful
  • Matthew and I carry her empty chair after her, which is cumbersome and heavy, but not impossible to manage.
    Veronica Roth  --  Allegiant
  • Later on, some of them had had a go with it, however, and considered it a bit cumbersome for a real fight.
    Terry Pratchett  --  Nation
  • She did not want to rely on her Power-Book, which would just be cumbersome to drag around.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • They were cumbersome to skin, and he and Gus had no need for so much meat.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Life is real again, and the useless and cumbersome and mischievous have to die.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Quickly, Max stripped off his tunic and hauberk, swapping the heavy, cumbersome rings for a garment more supple than linen.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Mounted on lumbering wooden carriages they were hampered with cumbersome harness of breechen and strong side-tackles for running them out.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He felt that it would take all time, more than he could ever spare, to glue these strange cumbersome pictures into the scrap-book of his life.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • One was found to have too small a print for a child's eyes, and the other to be too cumbersome for her to carry about.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • "That's enough practice," I said and started to take off the cumbersome costume, but they wouldn't let me.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • A cumbersome bear-love that, given any rein, would suck their breath away in its crying need for honey.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Get them out of those long, cumbersome clothes and they were free spirits.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • There's been lots of turmoil at cumbersome federal departments like agriculture lately-more restructuring, though, than actual cost cutting.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • I had gotten used to the fifty pounds of gear cumbersomely strapped to my back, torso, and legs.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore

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