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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Other Words from clamber

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

Examples of clamber in a Sentence

The children clambered over the rocks. We clambered up the steep hill.
Recent Examples on the Web In videos provided by the Utah DPS, crew members clamber over the sloping red rocks to get a closer look. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Theories Abound About the Origins of a Mysterious Monolith Discovered in the Utah Desert," 25 Nov. 2020 Each year, thousands of sea turtle mothers clamber ashore on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida, meticulously dig into the sand to lay their eggs, and then return to the sea. Jesse Scott, National Geographic, "Florida could see a sea turtle baby boom—thanks to pandemic," 22 Oct. 2020 At bakeries in Damascus, the capital, men clamber over each other to get their hands on what little subsidised bread is available. The Economist, "Despot of deprivation Victory for Bashar al-Assad has meant more suffering for his people," 26 Sep. 2020 When the Zamboni slowly glides off the ice and down an arena tunnel, the players clamber over the boards, and soon the arena is alive with sound. Sam Riches, Longreads, "The NHL’s Lacrosse Takeover," 10 Aug. 2020 Bearpit Karaoke session, when anyone can clamber up and showcase their favorite sing-a-longs, egged on by organizer Joe Hatchiban. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "51 Things in Europe that Every Traveler Needs to Experience," 4 Aug. 2020 Both suffered the stress of falling into the water and having to clamber back out, dripping. Quanta Magazine, "Why Sleep Deprivation Kills," 4 June 2020 Construction crews clambered on scaffolding around the Hatfield courthouse, which was covered with a mosaic of graffiti. oregonlive, "Downtown Portland a city of plywood after string of destructive protests," 2 June 2020 Creation clambering out of the waters, shaking itself off, creation surrounding itself with itself . . . Vijay Seshadri, The New Yorker, "The Estuary," 25 May 2020

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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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30 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clamber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 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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