climb·​er | \ ˈklī-mər How to pronounce climber (audio) \
plural climbers

Definition of climber

1a : a person or animal that climbs a tree climber a bicyclist who's an excellent climber a mountain climber We also teach how to handle a rope and how to belay another climber to protect them if they fall.— Lou Whittaker — see also rock climber
b : a climbing plant ivy and other climbers Owing to their size and abundance, climbing plants, especially the large woody climbers or lianes, are one of the most impressive features of the Tropical Rain forest.— P. W. Richards

Examples of climber in a Sentence

Chimpanzees are excellent climbers and spend a lot of their lives in trees. climbers like clematis and ivy
Recent Examples on the Web The #vanlife lifestyle isn’t just for climber dudes or two-kid, one-dog families. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "13 Best Travel Podcasts to Listen to Right Now (Video)," 10 June 2020 That includes interactives, play areas and some animal encounters like the play climber, the crawl through tunnel and popups. Sarah Brookbank,, "Newport Aquarium to open at the end of June," 9 June 2020 Kushner himself is by all accounts ambitious and hardworking, but also a cipher—a climber and a sycophant, a snob, someone who isn’t quite filled in. David Roth, The New Republic, "American Psycho," 9 June 2020 Less than 24 hours after a teen climber fell into the ocean in Coos County, crews suspended the search for the missing boy. oregonlive, "Coast Guard suspends search for missing 17-year-old hiker in Coos County," 2 June 2020 And there was a climber with a kind face who was good at chopping wood. Jasmine Donahaye, New York Times, "You Have to Let Go to Move On," 15 May 2020 Ferguson isn’t the only would-be Everest climber undertaking the adventure at home. Melissa Locker, Time, "This Man Climbed the Equivalent of Mount Everest at Home During Social Isolation," 22 Apr. 2020 The White House has not yet chosen a grade of paint, but Trump has insisted for years that the barrier should be black to discourage climbers. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump order to paint border wall black could drive up cost $500 million or more," 6 May 2020 At the time, I was married to professional climber Tommy Caldwell. Beth Rodden, Outside Online, "Climbing's Send-at-All-Costs Culture Almost Ruined Me," 2 May 2020

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First Known Use of climber

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 Jun 2020

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“Climber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of climber

: someone who climbs mountains, cliffs, etc., as a sport
: an animal that climbs a lot or very well
: a plant that grows up walls, poles, etc.,

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