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 for cumbersome
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  cumbersome \cum"ber*some\ (k?m"b?r-s?m), a.
     1. Burdensome or hindering, as a weight or drag;
        embarrassing; vexatious; cumbrous.
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              To perform a cumbersome obedience.    --Sir. P.
                                                    Sidney.
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     2. Not easily managed; as, a cumbersome contrivance or
        machine.
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              He holds them in utter contempt, as lumbering,
              cumbersome, circuitous.               --I. Taylor.
        -- Cum"ber*some*ly, adv. -- Cum"ber*some*ness,n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cumbersome
      adj 1: difficult to handle or use especially because of size or
             weight; "a cumbersome piece of machinery"; "cumbrous
             protective clothing" [syn: cumbersome, cumbrous]
      2: not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose
         style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style";
         "if the rumor is true, can anything be more inept than to
         repeat it now?" [syn: awkward, clumsy, cumbersome,
         inapt, inept, ill-chosen]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  65 Moby Thesaurus words for "cumbersome":
     all thumbs, awkward, blunderheaded, blundering, boorish, bulky,
     bumbling, bungling, burdensome, butterfingered, careless, clownish,
     clumsy, clumsy-fisted, contrary, crosswise, cumbrous, elephantine,
     encumbering, fingers all thumbs, fumbling, gauche, gawkish, gawky,
     graceless, ham-fisted, ham-handed, hampering, heavy-handed,
     hulking, hulky, impedimental, impeding, impeditive, impractical,
     inconvenient, incumbent, inelegant, irksome, left-hand,
     left-handed, loutish, lubberly, lumbering, lumpish, lumpy,
     maladroit, massive, massy, oafish, onerous, oppressive, perverse,
     ponderous, sloppy, stiff, superincumbent, tiresome, uncouth,
     ungainly, ungraceful, unhandy, unmanageable, unwieldy, wearisome
  
  

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