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

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Examples of clamber in a Sentence

The children clambered over the rocks. We clambered up the steep hill.
Recent Examples on the Web Most people go for a late-afternoon swim, then clamber up the scraggly footpath for sundowners at the touristy but photogenic Erimitis bar and restaurant. Rachel Howard, Travel + Leisure, 27 Dec. 2021 Kids of all ages can touch, blow the horn and clamber aboard lots of different industrial vehicles, such as dump trucks, excavators, fire trucks and San Diego Sheriff’s Department SWAT vehicles. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 But unlike the crowds that clamber up that Incan citadel in the Peruvian Andes, not many tourists make their way to Mavecure. John Otis, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2022 The robbers then clamber aboard, armed with bolt-cutters for which the freight-car locks are no match. The Editors, National Review, 20 Jan. 2022 Then, clamber into an open-air sleigh, towed by a snowcat, for an invigorating ride to the cabin. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2022 Falke watched Marines clamber off his transport ship to land on Guadalcanal and Okinawa. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Dec. 2021 The little girl would clamber into the guesthouse sometimes on Sri’s days off, despite her mother’s admonishments, and would want to play. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 The company’s shares are expected to start trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TOST, and will likely pop higher as ordinary investors shut out of the IPO sale clamber to get a piece of the action., 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Clamber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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