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 clambering (audio) , 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 \ ˈklam-​bər-​ər How to pronounce clamberer (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 Smugglers sympathetic to the Islamic State lurk in the desert nearby and close in under cover of darkness and help women and children clamber across the fence. Liz Sly, Washington Post, "Militant women poised to take control of ISIS camp, Syrian Kurdish general says," 4 Oct. 2019 The machine clambers over rocks and tackles crumbling inclines with ease, sometimes sinking its feet into the dirt, nevertheless carrying on. Wired, "Spot, the Internet’s Wildest 4-Legged Robot, Is Finally Here," 24 Sep. 2019 In the latter two regions, most piracy takes the form of petty theft: someone clambers aboard a ship docked at port to swipe a few items or mug a sailor. The Economist, "West Africa has become the world’s piracy hotspot," 3 July 2019 Doctors were also quick to clamber onto the anti-vaccination bandwagon. The Economist, "The original anti-vaxxers," 30 Aug. 2019 Noah clambered to the top as his brother entered the first level of Alcatraz. Vincent T. Davis,, "Airmen, soldiers and sailors competed in San Antonio against each other in the 2nd annual Alpha Warrior Inter-Service Battle.," 14 Sep. 2019 The teenage girl clambered out of the pool, ready to accept victory. oregonlive, "‘Wedgies happen’ -- Curvy girl swimmer disqualified after official judges school-issued suit too revealing," 10 Sep. 2019 Pairs of scarlet macaws fly overhead, startled iguanas clamber up the riverbank, and an occasional crocodile eyes us from a log. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 The Pakistani forces broke the vehicle’s rear window, and the couple clambered out. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, "‘No one just goes hiking in Afghanistan’: American woman gave birth as a Taliban hostage. Now she seeks to end her mystery.," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of clamber was in the 14th century

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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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