verb (used with or without object)
- to climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
- an act or instance of clambering.
- (usually foll by up, over, etc) to climb (something) awkwardly, esp by using both hands and feet
- a climb performed in this manner
“to climb with difficulty using hands and feet,” late 14c., possibly frequentative of Middle English climben “to climb” (preterit clamb), or akin to Old Norse klembra “to hook (oneself) on.” Related: Clambered; clambering.