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  1. a person or thing that climbs.
  2. a climbing plant.
  3. social climber.
  4. a device to assist in climbing, as a climbing iron.
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Origin of climber

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at climb, -er1
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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.


    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


  1. a person or thing that climbs
  2. a plant that lacks rigidity and grows upwards by twining, scrambling, or clinging with tendrils and suckers
  3. 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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