Clamber
Clamber Clam"ber, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Clambered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Clambering}.] [OE clambren, clameren, to heap together, climb; akin to Icel. klambra to clamp, G. klammern. Cf. {Clamp}, {Climb}.] To climb with difficulty, or with hands and feet; -- also used figuratively. [1913 Webster]

The narrow street that clambered toward the mill. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(with difficulty),


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  • Clamber — Clam ber, n. The act of clambering. T. Moore. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Clamber — Clam ber, v. t. To ascend by climbing with difficulty. [1913 Webster] Clambering the walls to eye him. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clamber — (v.) late 14c., possibly frequentative of M.E. climben to climb (preterit clamb), or akin to O.N. klembra to hook (oneself) on. Related: Clambered; clambering …   Etymology dictionary

  • clamber — ► VERB ▪ climb or move in an awkward and laborious way. ► NOUN ▪ an act of clambering. ORIGIN probably from clamb, obsolete past tense of CLIMB(Cf. ↑climbable) …   English terms dictionary

  • clamber — [klam′bər] vi., vt. [ME clambren; akin to ON klembra, Ger (sich) klammern, to hook (oneself) on: for IE base see CLIMB] to climb with effort or clumsily, esp. by using the hands as well as the feet n. a clumsy or hard climb clamberer n …   English World dictionary

  • clamber — UK [ˈklæmbə(r)] / US [ˈklæmbər] verb [intransitive] Word forms clamber : present tense I/you/we/they clamber he/she/it clambers present participle clambering past tense clambered past participle clambered to climb something with difficulty, using …   English dictionary

  • clamber — v. (P; intr.) to clamber into/onto a bus * * * [ klæmbə] (P; intr.) to clamber into/onto a bus …   Combinatory dictionary

  • clamber — clam|ber [ˈklæmbə US ər] v [I always + adverb/preposition] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from clamb, old past tense of climb] to climb or move slowly somewhere, using your hands and feet because it is difficult or steep clamber over/across… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • clamber — clam|ber [ klæmbər ] verb intransitive clamber up/over/into etc. to climb something with difficulty, using your hands and feet: I clambered up the ladder into the hay loft …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • clamber — [[t]klæ̱mbə(r)[/t]] clambers, clambering, clambered VERB If you clamber somewhere, you climb there with difficulty, usually using your hands as well as your feet. [V prep/adv] They clambered up the stone walls of a steeply terraced olive grove …   English dictionary

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