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clamber

[klam-ber, klam-er]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of clambering.
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Origin of clamber

1325–75; Middle English clambren, equivalent to clamb- (akin to climb) + -r- -er6 + -en infinitive suffix
Related formsclam·ber·er, noun
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clamber

verb
  1. (usually foll by up, over, etc) to climb (something) awkwardly, esp by using both hands and feet
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noun
  1. a climb performed in this manner
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Derived Formsclamberer, noun

Word Origin

C15: probably a variant of climb
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Word Origin and History for clambered

clamber

v.

"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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