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[klahy-mer] /ˈklaɪ mər/
a person or thing that climbs.
a climbing plant.
a device to assist in climbing, as a climbing iron.
Origin of climber
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at climb, -er1 Unabridged
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  • You, the climber of impossible cliffs after sea-birds' nests!

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • It is not as much of a climber as the Racers are, nor is it as agile; but it is braver and will fight when cornered.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • Then great Blacksnake, “The climber,” offered to go for fire.

  • It is to gain the peak the climber strives, not to possess it.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • The other was to Jimmy the Flea, the climber, the steeplejack.

    Rootabaga Stories Carl Sandburg
  • But Rube was too good and cautious a climber to make a mistake.

    Kiddie the Scout

    Robert Leighton
  • II.15 Warburton put a hyphen between 'climber' and 'upward.'

British Dictionary definitions for climber


a person or thing that climbs
a plant that lacks rigidity and grows upwards by twining, scrambling, or clinging with tendrils and suckers
(mainly Brit) short for social climber
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Word Origin and History for climber

early 15c., "one who climbs," agent noun from climb (v.). Of plants, from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for climber



an ambitious person: not your average social climber (1833+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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