It's Merriam Webster's of Day four September tenth. Today's word is encumber spelled E. N. C. U. M. B. E. R. Encumber is a verb that means to way down or to burden it can also mean to impede or hamper the function or activity of to hinder. Encumber can also mean to burden with a legal claim such as a mortgage. Here's the word used in a sentence from the economist. Those who do handle radioactive material must I don protective suits that are inherently cumbersome and are further encumbered by the air hoses needed to allow the wearer to believe In Old French the Noun. Koumba. Meant a defensive obstacle formed by felled trees with sharpened branches facing the enemy later in middle French Koumba referred to a barrier similar to a dam or we're constructed in the bed of a river to hold back fish or protect the banks. That notion of holding back is what informs our verb encumber. One can be physically encumbered as Bhai, a heavy load or severe weather or figuratively as by bureaucratic restrictions. Koumba also gives us the adjectives cumbersome and Congress C.. U. N. B. R. O. US both meaning awkward or difficult to handle. With your word of the day I'm Peter Sokolski. Visit Merriam. Webster Dot, com today for definitions wordplay, and trending word look ups.