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 or with effort especially by using both the hands and the feet We clambered over the rocks. They clambered up the hill.

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Other Words from clamber

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

Examples of clamber in a Sentence

The children clambered over the rocks. We clambered up the steep hill.
Recent Examples on the Web Papa parked in a grove of trees across from the beach, and the girls clambered out, anxious to begin their adventure. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Thanks for the memories, Cedar Point: Readers recall their favorite park moments," 3 May 2020 Officers have had, on occasion, to wade into the water to remonstrate with wave-catching scofflaws, many of whom scaled fences or clambered down cliffs to ride the breakers. The Economist, "A process of elimination What next for countries that are nearly covid-free?," 23 Apr. 2020 And clambering over rocks and through mud in production vehicles is too often a tedious, slow-paced affair short on adrenaline. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave Leads Jeep to a New Sandbox," 17 Apr. 2020 Following media days, 30,000 engineers take over, clambering over every new vehicle. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit auto show schedule change likely avoided earlier coronavirus outbreak, experts say," 6 Apr. 2020 Several rubber dinghy boats with groups of people clambering aboard were seen on Friday, heading for the island of Lesbos after apparently setting off from Ayvacik, northwest Turkey in broad daylight. Author: Mehmet Guzel, Andrew Wilks, Anchorage Daily News, "Turkey threatens Europe with refugees after Syrian attack kills 33 troops," 28 Feb. 2020 Hundreds of people stood for about 35 minutes in cold, drizzling rain until a firefighter clambered up a ladder and finally pulled the covering off, to a roar from the crowd. NBC News, "Richmond gets a new soaring statue, this one with dreadlocks," 11 Dec. 2019 Pem clambered through their gathering place to deliver her wood. Chris Jones, WSJ, "A Rare Look at One of the World’s Most Isolated Mountain Treks," 4 Feb. 2020 Harding clambered over the top of the wall at about 6 a.m. on Nov. 12, with Mr. Merry and Whitmore close behind., "But Wayne Merry, Warren Harding, and George Whitmore were determined to go much higher.," 6 Dec. 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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12 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clamber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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