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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Marchers held banners and tossed candy at the kids who lined the curbs downtown clambering for a sweet treat as the day started to heat up. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Independence Day parade fosters culture, family in Ann Arbor," 4 July 2019 Some clambered over the frosted mounds or walked their bikes through the piles of ice. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Mexico Hailstorm Blankets Western Areas Under 3 Feet of Ice," 1 July 2019 Residents clambered over the frosted mounds or walked their bikes through the piles of ice. Iliana Magra,, "Mexico hailstorm blankets western areas under 3 feet of ice," 1 July 2019 When Amazon announced plans to build HQ2 back in 2017, mayors and state governors clambered over each other in a bid to impress the multi-billion dollar tech giant. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Former IMF Chief Economist: Here’s How Amazon Bungled HQ2," 11 June 2019 But why are so many climbers clambering up and around our planet’s limited stock of peaks? Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mountain’ Review: Such Great Heights," 24 May 2018 Fortunately, four professional local pilots have rendezvoused with the Spirit, clambered up a shaky 75-foot rope ladder, and installed themselves on the bridge to help steer the ship through the narrow passage. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "America's New Energy Coast," 19 Mar. 2019 Life jackets floated singly, and men without life jackets beat against the sides of boats, trying to clamber into them. Washington Post, "AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, reporter lands on Attu Island," 29 May 2018 The journey ended with a splash: Priyadarshini and the team clambered out and waded through waist-high water to reach the shore. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019

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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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