Curber vs Cumber - What's the difference?

curber | cumber |

As a noun curber

is someone or something which curbs.

As a verb cumber is

(dated) to slow down, to hinder, to burden.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en noun)
  • Someone or something which curbs.
  • *1902 , William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience , Folio Society 2008, p. 282:
  • *:they required him as a safeguard against the demon and a curber of other people's crimes.
  • A type of thief who used a ‘curb’ or hooked pole to steal things through open windows.
  • *1977 , Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld , Folio Society 2006, p. 33:
  • *:Night was the natural time for the curber ’s activities and striking up an acquaitance with a serving maid was an invaluable way of getting a window left open or learning the exact layout of the rooms in the house.
  • cumber


    Alternative forms

    * cumbre (archaic)


    (en verb)
  • (dated) To slow down, to hinder, to burden.
  • * Dryden
  • Why asks he what avails him not in fight, / And would but cumber and retard his flight?
  • * John Locke
  • The multiplying variety of arguments, especially frivolous ones, but cumbers the memory.
  • * 1886 , Sir Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel . Pub.: Adams & Charles Black, Edinburgh; page 321:
  • the base villain who murdered this poor defenceless old man, when he had not, by the course of nature, a twelvemonth's life in him, shall not cumber the earth long after him.


    * encumber

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