clam·​ber | \ˈklam-bər, ˈkla-mər \
clambered; clambering\ˈklam-​b(ə-​)riŋ, 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 \-​bər-​ər, -​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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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 All of that is so much bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo for the many families who clamber into Jeeps, four-wheel drive SUVs, and other off-road vehicles to meander along a narrow dirt track and then drive onto the beach near the mouth of Quivett Creek. Brian Macquarrie,, "On Cape Cod, battle lines drawn in the sand," 30 Mar. 2018 Young men in tuxedos, grinning widely, clambered over one another for a better view of the belly dancer. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Foreign Belly Dancers? Egyptians Shake Their Heads (and Hips)," 8 July 2018 Paul Ritten, senior project manager for Hudson Everly, an Orlando, Fla., commercial flooring company, eagerly clambered into The Dream Box during NeoCon. Robert Channick,, "Office napping climbs out from under the desk and into high-tech pods," 5 July 2018 The agricultural industry has clambered through a long-running slump sparked by global crop gluts and low commodity prices. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Soybeans Tumble Near 10-Year Low," 2 July 2018 Investigators clambered down and found a walking stick, beloved by Atwood, covered in blood. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Police: Hit-and-run victim had crawled on to roadway after being severely beaten," 22 June 2018 Diving in some caves, including Tham Luang, require clambering up rock formations with heavy gas cylinders and scuba gear. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "All 12 Boys and Their Soccer Coach Rescued From Thai Cave," 10 July 2018 Not all urban critters are provoked into clambering up our fire escapes and rooting through refuse when humans come to call. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of clamber

: to climb or crawl in an awkward way


clam·​ber | \ˈklam-bər \
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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