Definition of clamber in English:

clamber

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Climb or move in an awkward and laborious way, typically using both hands and feet:

    ‘I clambered out of the trench’
    • ‘She managed to struggle free from the car and the suspect clambered into the driver's seat and drove off.’
    • ‘Phillips, 31, remembers crawling through an exit, climbing over a fence and then clambering across a roof beam.’
    • ‘After climbing a fire escape to the first floor, he clambered onto the roof on a set of trade ladders that had been left there.’
    • ‘I travelled by foot, by hitch-hiking and by clambering onto the wagons of freight trains.’
    • ‘Each time, with undue fuss, he clambered to his feet and returned to the fray.’
    • ‘We finally reached the edge of the deck, where other women and children were clambering aboard the small, slightly rickety looking lifeboat.’
    • ‘Its two back seat occupants clambered out through the car's shattered rear window and ran off.’
    • ‘They moved about a three hundred feet past the deer before they clambered down again.’
    • ‘I sighed, then clambered to my feet at a more sedate pace and gathered up my stuff.’
    • ‘I ventured on to the Danube's east bank and clambered aboard a trolleybus bound for City Park.’
    • ‘The challenging assault course will see the squad scaling 12 ft high walls, balancing on beams and clambering up and over rope cargo nets.’
    • ‘She leapt to her feet and jumped up behind the man, clambering onto his shoulders, her arms reaching for the sky.’
    • ‘As soon as her eyes met mine she looked away, then after that we all clambered out of the car.’
    • ‘He worried and she shrugged in return, clambering to her feet.’
    • ‘At the foot of the falls, we clambered out and up, past cascades and pools to the top.’
    • ‘She clambered onto her feet, tidying up the bathroom as fast as she could.’
    • ‘Youths were clambering over barbed wire fences, climbing through skylight windows and running amok in the dark.’
    • ‘She said council staff had cut back to a stump a tree that young people were known to climb on as they clambered up the cliff.’
    • ‘I shouted back, clambering to my feet and tying my hair with the first hair band I could find.’
    • ‘With a practised flip, he righted the dinghy and held it steady while we clambered aboard.’
    scramble, climb, scrabble, move awkwardly, claw one's way
    shin
    scale, ascend, mount
    shinny
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noun

  • An awkward and laborious climb or movement:

    ‘a clamber up the cliff path’
    • ‘It is worth making a short detour to the shore where, after a tricky clamber, you can explore natural arches.’
    • ‘Any remnant of infant energy can be exhausted on a clamber over rustic playground structures.’
    • ‘A final clamber led to cliff where we could look out to the open sea.’
    • ‘Finally, we began the long clamber up and out of the forest.’
    • ‘And access via the side door means an undignified clamber over the back.’
    • ‘To the left, a clamber up some muddy boulders leads towards Gypsum Cavern.’
    climb, scaling, conquest, scramble, clamber, trek
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Origin

Middle English: probably from clamb, obsolete past tense of climb.

Pronunciation:

clamber

/ˈklambə/