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[klahy-mer] /ˈklaɪ mər/
a person or thing that climbs.
a climbing plant.
a device to assist in climbing, as a climbing iron.
Origin of climber
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see climb, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for climber
  • The dog was a climber once, but now his ascent of the stairway was labored and slow.
  • Years ago, my father had a new co-worker who was an avid mountain climber.
  • He is an avid hiker and rock climber who has scaled several noted peaks.
  • Even if you aren't a climber, you still might find a headlamp useful.
  • By any name, this rambunctious climber with lacy green foliage is an exceptional beauty in bloom.
  • The newest generation of the step climber, one that uses air instead of hydraulics for resistance, will be available soon.
  • If you are a climber, try your hand at scaling them.
  • However, you don't have to be a climber to enjoy the mountains.
  • Beginners are discouraged from climbing without the aid of an experienced climber.
  • He has been really scared this whole time on this cliff because he's not a climber.
British Dictionary definitions for climber


a person or thing that climbs
a plant that lacks rigidity and grows upwards by twining, scrambling, or clinging with tendrils and suckers
(mainly Brit) short for social climber
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Word Origin and History for climber

early 15c., "one who climbs," agent noun from climb (v.). Of plants, from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for climber



an ambitious person: not your average social climber (1833+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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