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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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 The rambunctious boy loved to play outside and clamber onto her lap to kiss her. NBC News, "Migrant mother separated from son on his sixth birthday bares agony," 22 June 2018 Hilker has American Pillar clambering up a red cedar tree and a Paul’s Himalayan Musk lurking in a black cherry tree. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "As for beauty and fragrance, the rambler comes up roses," 15 June 2018 As expected, the playgrounds attract schoolchildren on cultural field trips who work off energy by clambering on the play structures or testing the swings with noisy gusto. John King,, "Civic Center makeover: Here’s the plan to revamp the heart of SF," 29 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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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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