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Synonyms for cumbrous

unwieldy or clumsy, especially due to excess weight

Synonyms for cumbrous

difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight


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For Spirits when they please Can either Sex assume, or both; so soft And uncompounded is their Essence pure, Not ti'd or manacl'd with joynt or limb, Nor founded on the brittle strength of bones, Like cumbrous flesh; but in what shape they choose Dilated or condens't, bright or obscure, Can execute their aerie purposes, And works of love or enmity fulfill.
I stood indeed as little chance among them as a cumbrous whale attacked on all sides by a legion of swordfish.
I looked at the proche parent; not on account of the parentage but marvelling at his air of ease in that cumbrous body and in such tight clothes, too.
The animal merely makes a bed, which he warms with his body, in a sheltered place; but man, having discovered fire, boxes up some air in a spacious apartment, and warms that, instead of robbing himself, makes that his bed, in which he can move about divested of more cumbrous clothing, maintain a kind of summer in the midst of winter, and by means of windows even admit the light, and with a lamp lengthen out the day.
Their sloping ceilings, cumbrous rusty locks and grates, and heavy wooden bins and beams, slowly mouldering withal, had a prisonous look, and he had the haggard face of a prisoner.
The highly wrought and cumbrous saddle was evidently more for show than use.
She was exercised for several weeks in this way, until her vocabulary became extensive; and then the important step was taken of teaching her how to represent the different letters by the position of her fingers, instead of the cumbrous apparatus of the board and types.
In the case of an emergency, the governor general passes the ordinance immediately subject to London's power to disallow it rather than wait till the central legislative assembly expresses its refusal a cumbrous situation.
The state does none of these things, however, and the prevailing view is that its cumbrous and expensive machinery ought not to be set in motion unless some clear benefit is to be derived from disturbing the status quo.
Refuse then to put your faith in mere machinery, in party organizations, in acts of Parliament, in great unwieldy systems, which treat good and bad, the careful and the careless, the striving and the indifferent, on the same plan, and which on account of their vast and cumbrous size, their complexity, their official central management, pass entirely out of your control.
We have learnt to go for four or even six days without washing, without taking off cumbrous and fairly heavy equipment, without taking off boots or puttees and without sleeping except for three or four hours a night which a couple of hours on sentry and six or seven hours on the defences leave you.
23--only the second epic simile in the whole poem--in which Spenser likens the annoying assault of Errour's brood to "a cloud of cumbrous gnattes" that "molest" a "gentle Shepheard.
Bax (2015) recalled that the cumbrous nature of the tool and the loud sound were limiting factors, but these issues were surmountable.