[ klam-per ]
/ ˈklæm pər /


a clamp; pincer.
a spiked metal plate worn on the sole of a shoe to prevent slipping on ice.


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Origin of clamper

First recorded in 1815–25; clamp + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for clamper

/ (ˈklæmpə) /


a spiked metal frame fastened to the sole of a shoe to prevent slipping on ice
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