climb·​er ˈklī-mər How to pronounce climber (audio)
plural climbers
: 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
: 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 ground floor, now a gym, has enough room for a Peloton, treadmill, a stair climber machine, bike storage and weights. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 This quick climber uses aerial roots to ascend arbors, trellises, or fences. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 8 Apr. 2024 An experienced climber was found dead on Saturday inside the crater of Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington state that draws hikers, skiers and snowboarders year-round. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 3 Apr. 2024 The string of barrier islands runs from the North Carolina-Virginia border to Ocracoke Island, made up of a long list of historical sites, waterfront restaurants, campgrounds, light stations open to climbers and the infamous wild horses roaming the islands. Chyna Blackmon, Charlotte Observer, 2 Apr. 2024 Just take one ambitious climber (Nirmal Purja), an insane dream (trekking the world’s 14 highest mountains in only seven months), and let those simmer for around two hours. Chris Snellgrove,, 20 Mar. 2024 That’s the material that apparel makers have used since the 1970s to shield hikers, bikers and mountain climbers from rain and snow. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Replenish your musical flowerbed with a selection of long-dormant shrubs (Vampire Weekend, Beth Gibbons, Justice), prolific perennials (Adrianna Lenker, Khruangbin), and, in Taylor Swift, a climber that seemingly won’t stop growing until the whole garden is in its shade. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 19 Mar. 2024 Last week, Japan’s Mount Fuji announced plans to implement a daily visitor cap and charge a fee for climbers, and cities like Venice in Italy are selling tickets for day visitors on certain peak days. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of climber was in the 15th century

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“Climber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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