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[klam-ber-ing, klam-er-] /ˈklæm bər ɪŋ, ˈklæm ər-/
adjective, Botany
of or relating to plants that creep or climb like vines, but without benefit of tendrils.
Origin of clambering


[klam-ber, klam-er] /ˈklæm bər, ˈklæm ər/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
an act or instance of clambering.
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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Examples from the web for clambering
  • Then she looked around hopefully, as if to solicit help clambering out of her own construction.
  • They drain easily when wet, they provided traction for clambering on rocks and climbing trees and they look smart.
  • It inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world and has been observed clambering onto land to sunbathe.
  • They also break legs clambering over concrete abutments and get smacked by automobiles.
  • They're clambering over walls, popping through holes and falling from the skies via dropships.
  • After seven years of spiralling down snakes and clambering back up ladders, a final agreement seemed within touch.
  • Jean then crowd-surfed over to the speaker-covered truck, clambering on top to address the crowd.
  • clambering is the failure of the sensorimotor system, in an evolutionary sense.
  • With all the commotion, one moose wisely bolts, clambering over a fence and heading off in an ungainly trot.
  • The pilots and flight attendants came clambering down the ramp to greet him as well.
British Dictionary definitions for clambering


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 clambering



"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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