- to climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
- an act or instance of clambering.
Origin of clamber
Examples from the Web for clamber
Just gaining entry was difficult, and in many cases firefighters had to clamber up and lower themselves through windows.Amazing Grace in the Bronx: Inside the Metro-North Train-Wreck Rescue
December 2, 2013
We get down on all fours and clamber along a 40-foot fallen log.Exercising Like a Caveman: A.J. Jacobs Gets Primal
April 10, 2012
I then proposed we should clamber aft, and try to get the helm up.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
You can clamber on the snowdrift, Peony, and reach them easily.
She was trying to clamber through a trellis of iron and splintered wood.In a Little Town
"Very well," he agreed, and he permitted her to help him clamber up into the saddle.Bloom of Cactus
Robert Ames Bennet
Let us clamber over the log-fence and get into the clearing.
- (usually foll by up, over, etc) to climb (something) awkwardly, esp by using both hands and feet
- a climb performed in this manner
Word Origin and History for clamber
"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.