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 Kessler, a rock climber who's shifted into an elite runner for Ann Arbor Skyline, turned in a historic performance Saturday — and qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials — during the Portland Track Festival at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 2021 The body of a climber who fell on Mount Olympus on Saturday morning has now been recovered, according to Ken Hansen of the Unified Police Department. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2021 Lizzy VanPatten – a rock climber and founder of She Moves Mountains, a mentorship program that empowers female rock climbing guides. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2021 The man was hiking with another climber who has already been taken off the mountain. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 May 2021 There are hair accessories—a rare design for Harry Winston—as well as rings, and a pair of combination chandelier/ear climber earrings with gems set in a gradation of colors. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 17 May 2021 One climber was killed and another injured early Thursday in Denali National Park when a falling block of glacier ice struck them, officials said. Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2021 Sport climbing will makes its debut at the Tokyo Olympics and each climber must complete three different disciplines in the event — speed, bouldering and lead. Christian Red, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 On her climb up K2, Thompson witnessed a climber fall to his death because of a faulty rope. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 9 May 2021

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First Known Use of climber

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

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“Climber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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