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cumbersome (adj) heavy and large, so difficult to carry (unwieldy); complicated and slow (of a process); long or complicated (of words and phrases).
Cumbersome things are large and heavy and are difficult to carry. For example, when you have to carry a large number of books, a lot of paper, a number of charts, etc., all together, they are a cumbersome load. Sometimes we see passengers struggling with too much of baggage and inconveniencing themselves as well as others. Such baggage is cumbersome. A cumbersome process is a very complicated and time-consuming process. For example, getting a visa for some countries involves a number of formalities including furnishing all kinds of information and the submission of a number of documents. So all this is a complicated process taking a long time, and is therefore cumbersome. A style of writing which uses very long or complicated words or phrases making the sentences lengthy and difficult to understand is cumbersome. Legal language and legal terminology are very cumbersome because of the long words and phrases used in it.
- The old woman with her cumbersome baggage tripped and fell, as one of the packages in her luggage hampered her feet.
- Printing in the olden days was a very cumbersome process, as the matter had to be composed letter by letter, manually, meaning a lot of labor and time.