[klam-ber-ing, klam-er-]

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]

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

Related Words for clambering

climb, scale, scramble

Examples from the Web for clambering

Contemporary Examples of clambering

Historical Examples of clambering

  • 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

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 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