climbing iron


one of a pair of spiked iron frames, strapped to the shoe, leg, or knee, to help in climbing trees, telephone poles, etc.

Nearby words

  1. climbing bittersweet,
  2. climbing fern,
  3. climbing fish,
  4. climbing frame,
  5. climbing hydrangea,
  6. climbing irons,
  7. climbing perch,
  8. climbing rose,
  9. climbing wall,
  10. climbingfish

Origin of climbing iron

First recorded in 1855–60

Also called climbing spur, spur. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019