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 Of course, there’s still time for the pair to get on the same page to fuel a run and maybe even clamber up out of seventh, then stick for a couple rounds in the playoffs. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, "Is Luka Doncic getting short shrift as an MVP candidate? Mavs’ season struggles has marred his campaign," 15 Apr. 2021 Schauffele, Matsuyama’s playing partner who had done so well to clamber from seven shots back, shot 72 to finish three shots back. Author: Chuck Culpepper, Anchorage Daily News, "Hideki Matsuyama makes history with Masters victory," 12 Apr. 2021 Video shows the Capitol Police officer wearing a face mask and with his gun drawn inside the Speaker’s lobby as Babbitt, wearing a Trump flag like a cape, attempted to clamber through the broken door. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during Capitol riot will not be charged," 14 Apr. 2021 At the island’s northern tip, where orange cliffs tower over a blue-white labyrinth of ice formations, fleets of tour vans deposit hundreds of people to slide and clamber around, and then to slurp fish soup heated by fires set directly on the ice. New York Times, "For Russians in a Pandemic, Lake Baikal Is the Place to See and Be Seen," 15 Mar. 2021 Children often clamber up the park’s many trees, including an English elm near the western gate that the Parks Department suggests may have been there since the early 1800s. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "The Best Playgrounds in New York," 29 Mar. 2021 The frame wasn’t large, though wide enough to clamber through. Jonathan Lethem, The New Yorker, "The Crooked House," 1 Mar. 2021 At any rate, although his horizons are clearly limited, the youngster appearedto be taking advantage of the opportunities to clamber about within them this week. Washington Post, "Panda cub: Did he just say “applesauce!” and what did he mean?," 27 Feb. 2021 The scientists want the rover to clamber up and down the hilly terrain of the river delta and eventually drive all the way out of the crater to get a view from the rim, a traverse of 15 miles. Anchorage Daily News, "NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, aims for dicey landing to search for ancient life," 16 Feb. 2021

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Clamber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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