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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 or 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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Examples from the Web for clambering
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  • I have been sliding off and clambering on ever since I bade goodbye to Havant.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • And Pete was clambering up the wall by the side of the dairy window.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Wading in the water, leaping over the stones, clambering on the trunks—aw, dear!

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • After that he lighted the fuse, and, clambering down the slope of rock, saw Gordon.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • A moment later he was heard clambering into the boat and then clambering out.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • 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
  • That you would talk the poor man into clambering up that tower?

  • And over the roofs a shadowy figure of a man was clambering hurriedly.

    The Grell Mystery Frank Froest
  • The rest followed as best they might, clambering from ledge to ledge.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
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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