Definition of clamber in US English:

clamber

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Climb, move, or get in or out of something in an awkward and laborious way, typically using both hands and feet.

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

  • An awkward and laborious climb or movement.

    ‘a clamber up the cliff path’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To the left, a clamber up some muddy boulders leads towards Gypsum Cavern.’
    • ‘Finally, we began the long clamber up and out of the forest.’
    • ‘It is worth making a short detour to the shore where, after a tricky clamber, you can explore natural arches.’
    • ‘And access via the side door means an undignified clamber over the back.’
    climb, scaling, conquest, scramble, clamber, trek
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

clamber

/ˈklambər//ˈklæmbər/