[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. clamant,
  2. clamantly,
  3. clamatorial,
  4. clambake,
  5. clamber,
  6. clamjamphry,
  7. clammy,
  8. clamor,
  9. clamorous,
  10. clamorously

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.

Origin of clamber

1325–75; Middle English clambren, equivalent to clamb- (akin to climb) + -r- -er6 + -en infinitive suffix

Related formsclam·ber·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clambering

British Dictionary definitions for clambering


/ (ˈklæmbə) /


(usually foll by up, over, etc) to climb (something) awkwardly, esp by using both hands and feet


a climb performed in this manner
Derived Formsclamberer, noun

Word Origin for clamber

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