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[klam-ber, klam-er] /ˈklæm bər, ˈklæm ər/
verb (used with or without object)
to climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
an act or instance of clambering.
Origin of clamber
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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  • But the two clambered into the half-seen dinghy and pushed off.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • He clambered round through the cellars with eyes and wits alert.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • With a few added curses he clambered down into the car again.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Oswald Bareth was the first who clambered up from to leeward.

  • Surely you recollect the day we clambered from the very bottom of Jaumegarde with Dubuche?

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for clambered


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 clambered



"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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