clamber

verb clam·ber \ ˈklam-bər , ˈkla-mər \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of clamber

clambered; clambering play \ˈklam-b(ə-)riŋ, ˈklam-riŋ, ˈkla-mər-iŋ\
intransitive verb
: to climb awkwardly (as by scrambling)
  • clambered over the rocks
  • The monkeys clamber and leap through the trees with great agility.

clamberer

play \-bər-ər, -mər-ər\ noun

Examples of clamber in a Sentence

  1. The children clambered over the rocks.

  2. We clambered up the steep hill.

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Origin and Etymology of clamber

Middle English clambren; akin to Old English climban to climb

clamber Synonyms

Synonyms
climb, scrabble, scramble, swarm
Related Words
shimmy, shin, shinny, skin; ascend, breast [chiefly British], free-climb, get up, mount, scale, summit, surmount; claw, sprawl, struggle

CLAMBER Defined for English Language Learners

clamber

verb

Definition of clamber for English Language Learners

  • : to climb or crawl in an awkward way


CLAMBER Defined for Kids

clamber

verb clam·ber \ ˈklam-bər \

Definition of clamber for Students

clambered; clambering
: 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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