clamber

verb
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

Synonyms

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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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 After clambering up the ranks in the treasury department of a Russian bank, he was taken under the wing of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an oil tycoon who later fell out of favor with President Vladimir Putin. Max Colchester And Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Hiding Russian Money Was Easy. Quitting Was Harder.," 4 Aug. 2018 On a busy Saturday, as many as 1,000 guests clamber in and out of the eatery’s 60 seats. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Among the high-profile guests who showed up to clamber about an immense inflatable slide, roar around the dirt track or simply loll about in a poolside cabana in support of Rihanna were ASAP Rocky, G-Easy, Tyga and Iggy Azalea. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Riding Coachella's coattails: Dior, Moschino, Fenty X Puma and Levi Strauss decamp to the desert to build buzz," 18 Apr. 2018 The Syrians clambering aboard the packed trucks and tractor trailers appeared largely to consist of the elderly and their young grandchildren. Louisa Loveluck And Suzan Haidamous, Washington Post, "In one Lebanese town, a dilemma divides refugees: to stay or return to Syria," 30 June 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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clamber

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clamber

: to climb or crawl in an awkward way

clamber

verb
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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