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[klam-ber, klam-er] /ˈklæm bər, ˈklæm ər/
verb (used with or without object)
to climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
an act or instance of clambering.
Origin of clamber
1325-75; Middle English clambren, equivalent to clamb- (akin to climb) + -r- -er6 + -en infinitive suffix
Related forms
clamberer, noun Unabridged
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  • He clambered over the hurdles that were placed across, and soon reached the scene of the tragedy.

  • But the two clambered into the half-seen dinghy and pushed off.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • Meg loitered a moment watching her, then she clambered over the stile and was off.

    Meg's Friend Alice Abigail Corkran
  • With a few added curses he clambered down into the car again.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Guided by the flashes, he clambered up the slope and halted abruptly.

    Loot of the Void Edwin K. Sloat
British Dictionary definitions for clambered


usually foll by up, over, etc. to climb (something) awkwardly, esp by using both hands and feet
a climb performed in this manner
Derived Forms
clamberer, noun
Word Origin
C15: probably a variant of climb
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Word Origin and History for clambered



"to climb with difficulty using hands and feet," late 14c., possibly frequentative of Middle English climben "to climb" (preterit clamb), or akin to Old Norse klembra "to hook (oneself) on." Related: Clambered; clambering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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