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clamber

[klam-ber, klam-er] /ˈklæm bər, ˈklæm ər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
noun
2.
an act or instance of clambering.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English clambren, equivalent to clamb- (akin to climb) + -r- -er6 + -en infinitive suffix
Related forms
clamberer, noun
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  • Maligned by many of the professionals who clambered.
  • We scurried down one slope, clambered up another, and headed for the sheep that had eluded us for weeks.
  • They clambered down ladders on the ship's side to board lifeboats.
  • Once there, the troops clambered into a two-story house.
  • As the crowd thinned out, he crawled across the top of the seats and clambered out.
  • As he and his partner hurriedly clambered back into their canoe, one of the moccasins zigzagged after them.
  • We've all clambered up hills, and one of our party has a broken leg.
  • As indulgent police looked on, revelers hung from traffic lights and clambered up lampposts.
  • People who have clambered up to the next rung would know better where the bolts on your rung are rusting.
  • Through the waist-deep ditch the columns swept, and in moments the bluecoats clambered up the outer embankment.
British Dictionary definitions for clambered

clamber

/ˈklæmbə/
verb
1.
usually foll by up, over, etc. to climb (something) awkwardly, esp by using both hands and feet
noun
2.
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

clamber

v.

"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.

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