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 professional climber who wants to set a record. Andy Robertson, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Elizabeth Nelson, a climber, snowboarder, and owner of Snowmad Digital, a web design agency in Durango, Colorado, uses this app to plan hiking, ski touring, and other routes. Emilia Benton, SELF, 8 June 2022 The climber, 48-year-old Fernando Birman, collapsed at 19,700 feet on Friday, according to the release. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 6 June 2022 The shaded circular patio area at the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden in Balboa Park is covered by this rampant climber, which was named after Robert Fortune, a Scottish botanist, plant hunter and traveler. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2022 The mountain’s most successful woman climber, Lhakpa Sherpa, completed her tenth trip to the summit at age 48. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 12 May 2022 Police arrested Maison Des Champs, put him in handcuffs and took him to jail for a few hours after the 22-year-old climber — a finance student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who is calling himself a Pro-Life Spider-Man — reached the top. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2022 That fastest-climber, Raya, could be a reference to Raya and the Last Dragon. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2022 The climber, identified as Maison DeChamps, is a 23-year-old activist who appears to scale tall buildings to draw attention to political causes. al, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of climber

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

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6 Aug 2022

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“Climber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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