- of or relating to plants that creep or climb like vines, but without benefit of tendrils.
Origin of clambering
- 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 clambering
While clambering over the fifth wall, he fell and broke his foot.Chen Guangcheng Tells The Daily Beast, ‘I Still Want to Leave China’
May 3, 2012
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.
Wading in the water, leaping over the stones, clambering on the trunks—aw, dear!
After that he lighted the fuse, and, clambering down the slope of rock, saw Gordon.The Greater Power
A moment later he was heard clambering into the boat and then clambering out.Lord Jim
- (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 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.