clam·​ber | \ ˈklam-bər How to pronounce clamber (audio) , ˈkla-mər How to pronounce clamber (audio) \
clambered; clambering\ ˈklam-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce clambering (audio) , ˈklam-​riŋ , ˈkla-​mər-​iŋ \

Definition of clamber

intransitive verb

: to climb awkwardly (as by scrambling) clambered over the rocks The monkeys clamber and leap through the trees with great agility.

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Other Words from clamber

clamberer \ ˈklam-​bər-​ər How to pronounce clamberer (audio) , ˈkla-​mər-​ər \ noun

Synonyms for clamber


climb, scrabble, scramble, swarm

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Examples of clamber in a Sentence

The children clambered over the rocks. We clambered up the steep hill.

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Sleep off any late nights with a siesta on one of the town’s gay-friendly beaches, like Playa Bassa Rodona or Playa del Muerto, a clothing-optional alternative that’s reachable by clambering carefully over the rocky cliffs. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Travel in June," 9 May 2018 Front-month contracts for August rose 0.4% to $2.6245 a pound at the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, having clambered back from the lowest point in over a year this week. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Copper Steadies After Brutal Week for Metals," 17 Aug. 2018 Oats and peas have complementary growth habits—the peas happily clamber up the oats. Sunset, "Top 10 Cover Crops for Your Fall Garden," 22 Jan. 2018 The two ride, hang onto and smoothly clamber over the sculptural apparatus as if on an aerodynamic jungle-gym, one that moves with the grace of a tumbleweed. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "Momix Partners Dance With Illusion," 30 July 2018 Construction workers clambered over a shell that will house a $68 million community center with a natatorium for competitive swimming. Adam Geller, The Seattle Times, "A community that backed Trump says no to migrant detention center," 30 July 2018 Nineteen crew members were killed, and civilians clambered aboard rowboats to rescue the survivors. Washington Post,, "Reinhard Hardegen, U-boat commander who menaced American shores, dies at 105," 19 June 2018 Unlike most paratroopers, who act as light infantry once on the ground, Russian paratroopers have their own lightweight infantry combat vehicle, the BMD-4M. Once on the ground the paratroopers clamber on board the BMD and ride to their objective. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Plans to Airdrop Armored Vehicles—With Crew Inside," 1 Aug. 2017 It's become canon in the beauty industry and the standard of which makeup brands have been clambering to match—or outdo—over the past 12 months. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "One Year Later, This Is the Real Effect Fenty Has Had on the Beauty Industry," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of clamber

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clamber

Middle English clambren; akin to Old English climban to climb

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The first known use of clamber was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of clamber

: to climb or crawl in an awkward way


clam·​ber | \ ˈklam-bər How to pronounce clamber (audio) \
clambered; clambering

Kids Definition of clamber

: to climb in an awkward way (as by scrambling) One of the men clambered to the top of the cabin …— Walter Farley, The Black Stallion

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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