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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English clymber, clymbare, equivalent to climb +‎ -er.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈklaɪm.ə(ɹ)/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈklai.mɚ/
  • Rhymes: -aɪmə(r)


climber (plural climbers)

  1. One who climbs.
  2. A plant that climbs, such as a vine.
    Synonym: creeper
  3. A bird that climbs, such as a woodpecker or a parrot.
  4. (cycling) A rider who specializes in riding uphill quickly.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From climb; compare clamber.


climber (third-person singular simple present climbers, present participle climbering, simple past and past participle climbered)

  1. (obsolete) To climb; to mount with effort; to clamber.
    • 1557 February 13, Thomas Tusser, A Hundreth Good Pointes of Husbandrie., London: [] Richard Tottel, OCLC 1049068421; republished London: Reprinted for Robert Triphook, [], and William Sancho, [], 1810, OCLC 7109675:
      Stick plentie of bows among runciuall pease
      to climber thereon, and to branch at their ease