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

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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Throngs of migrants sought to flee by running along the tops of freight cars, while others clambered down to the ground and headed into the brush. Washington Post, "Mexico stages raid on train, detains dozens of migrants," 28 June 2019 The pursuit ended when an officer saw one man jump off an ATV and then clamber down an embankment into the Mill Creek. Cameron Knight,, "Police believe ATV rider who jumped into Mill Creek to escape is alive," 27 June 2019 People spill out of tour buses and clamber onto the trunks of elephants that, at the prodding of their mahouts’ bullhooks (long poles with a sharp metal hook), hoist them in the air while cameras snap. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism," 12 June 2019 The weekend is upon us with Hades-hot temperatures, and the team at Essential Arts (a.k.a. me, staff writer Carolina A. Miranda) is ready to go all Margarita Bear and bust into someone’s yard, drink their booze and clamber into their pool. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Essential Arts & Culture: L.A.'s Barak Ballet goes on tour, LACMA's grand plan and a 97-year-old art star," 7 July 2018 The famous photo depicts the South Vietnamese clambering up a ladder to reach a U.S. military helicopter perched atop this building’s elevator shaft in a bid to escape Communist forces who claimed the city a day later. Sayoni Sinha, National Geographic, "Craft brews and skyline views: The ultimate Ho Chi Minh City itinerary," 3 June 2019 Marchers held banners and tossed candy at the kids who lined the curbs downtown clambering for a sweet treat as the day started to heat up. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Independence Day parade fosters culture, family in Ann Arbor," 4 July 2019 Some clambered over the frosted mounds or walked their bikes through the piles of ice. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Mexico Hailstorm Blankets Western Areas Under 3 Feet of Ice," 1 July 2019 Residents clambered over the frosted mounds or walked their bikes through the piles of ice. Iliana Magra,, "Mexico hailstorm blankets western areas under 3 feet of ice," 1 July 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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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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