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Cumber \Cum"ber\ (k?m"b?r), n. [Cf. encombre hindrance, impediment. See Cuber,v.] Trouble; embarrassment; distress. [Obs.] [Written also comber.]

A place of much distraction and cumber. -- Sir H. Wotton.

Sage counsel in cumber.
--Sir W. Scott.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "one who cards wool," agent noun from comb (v.).


Etymology 1 n. 1 A person who combs wool, etc. 2 A machine that combs wool, etc. 3 A long, curving wave breaking on the shore. Etymology 2

n. (taxlink Serranus cabrilla species noshow=1), the gaper, a fish found in European waters.


Comber is a small town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It lies 5 miles south of Newtownards, at the northern end of Strangford Lough. It is situated in the townland of Town Parks, the civil parish of Comber and the historic barony of Castlereagh Lower. Comber is part of the Borough of Ards. It is also known for Comber Whiskey which was last distilled in 1953. A notable native was Thomas Andrews, the designer of the RMS Titanic and was among the many who went down with her. It had a population of 9,078 people in the 2011 Census.

Comber (fish)

Comber (Serranus cabrilla), is a species of fish in the family Serranidae.

It lives in the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the Atlantic coast from the British Isles to the Cape of Good Hope, including the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands. The habitat are rocky or sandy sounding-deeps at depths of . Size can vary from in normal individual to up to .

The comber feeds on other fish, cephalopods and crustaceans.

Comber (civil parish)

Comber is a civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is mainly situated in the historic barony of Castlereagh Lower, with a small portion in the barony of Castlereagh Upper.

Usage examples of "comber".

Freddie Comber, she had told herself that, whatever happened, for his sake as well as her own, she must henceforth never be absurd.

The wind or a current turned it and now, parallel to the waves, it began to tumble but righted itself and was stable for three or four waves and then another comber came that overturned it and to his joy it went under.

He flinched as a frothing comber approached but it went by and over it and when the wave had gone the coffin had vanished.

The next comber broomed the sea clean and came aboard and grabbed his legs from under him, dragged him against the bowsprit housing, then sucked him back along the deck, Tinker fighting for control again.

Each time a great comber burst at the foot of the cliffs, he felt the ground tremble underfoot.

She fetched up on the slack of the anchors at the moment a big comber smashed her shoreward.

A long white line of foam sped from the darkness, a great comber whose top was the tossing manes of hundreds of white horses.

Major Comber and Major de Tournay drew their swords and fought back to back, old enmities forgotten in the face of a common foe.

Admittedly he saved all our arses when the creatures broke through, but now Regis and Major Comber are worried sick he could be using his magic to influence their minds during the Talks.

Majors, Comber and de Tournay, had withdrawn from the fray and settled themselves in a corner with the drinks cabinet.

Tournay and Comber looked at each other, nodded formally to their respective lords, and returned their attention to the whisky decanters.

Outside in the grounds, Major Comber and Major de Tournay were trying desperately to restore some kind of order to the chaos Fisher had made out of the men-at-arms.

Larry second-to-last and he stood up, aware that Lucy was smiling up at him, and then that was lost in a warm comber of applause that washed over him.

The breeze was salty and chill, the sea spotted with combers, grey and uninviting.

When they were in the boat, they rowed furiously toward the shore, and Nicholas watched with concern as they entered the combers, then shot the breakers to the beach.