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 word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at climb, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for climber

Contemporary Examples of climber

Historical Examples of climber

  • 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.


    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

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 British 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.

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