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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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  • It being now low water, they could almost reach her by clambering along the rocks.

    The Three Commanders W.H.G. Kingston
  • I have been sliding off and clambering on ever since I bade goodbye to Havant.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • We could not wear such in our world, sporting in the waves, swimming into caverns, clambering into sunken ships.

    Cornwall's Wonderland Mabel Quiller-Couch
  • Wading in the water, leaping over the stones, clambering on the trunks—aw, dear!

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • A few moments more of clambering, and the stranger met the two women at the gate with a gesture of benediction.

    Agnes of Sorrento Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Do you see her yonder on the path up the cliff; and who is that clambering after her?

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • In another moment he had scaled the fence and was clambering awkwardly down the rocks.

  • He and the Kanakas had succeeded in righting the boat and clambering into her.

    South American Fights and Fighters Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Silver, having to play his part, did not wait to see her re-enter the mansion, but presumed she did so by clambering up the ivy.

    Red Money Fergus Hume
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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