To rest upon as a troublesome or useless weight or load; to be burdensome or oppressive to; to hinder or embarrass in attaining an object, to obstruct or occupy uselessly; to embarrass; to trouble.
- To weigh down; burden: was cumbered with many duties.
- To hamper or hinder, as by being in the way: was cumbered with a long poncho.
- To litter; clutter up: Weeds cumbered the garden paths.
- Archaic To bother; distress.
- A hindrance; an encumbrance.