Curber vs Cumber - What's the difference?
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?
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.
* cumbre (archaic)
(dated) To slow down, to hinder, to burden.
* John Locke
- Why asks he what avails him not in fight, / And would but cumber and retard his flight?
* 1886 , Sir Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel . Pub.: Adams & Charles Black, Edinburgh; page 321:
- The multiplying variety of arguments, especially frivolous ones, but cumbers the memory.
- 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.