clam·​or | \ ˈkla-mər How to pronounce clamor (audio) \

Definition of clamor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : noisy shouting a clamor of children at play
b : a loud continuous noise the clamor of the waterfall
2 : insistent public expression (as of support or protest) the current clamor about what is wrong with our schools


verb (1)
clamored; clamoring\ ˈklam-​riŋ How to pronounce clamoring (audio) , ˈkla-​mər-​iŋ \

Definition of clamor (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a din (see din entry 1 sense 1) The children clamored around them, singing songs and laughing.
2 : to become loudly insistent clamored for his impeachment clamoring for full independence

transitive verb

1 : to utter or proclaim insistently and noisily cart peddlers clamored their wares— Walter Farley
2 : to influence by means of clamor


verb (2)
clamored; clamoring; clamors

Definition of clamor (Entry 3 of 3)

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The clamor on Broadway at midday can be astonishing to a tourist from a midwestern town; if they happen to be digging up the street with jackhammers, the clamor can be even worse. The clamor on the floor of a stock exchange goes on without stopping for seven hours every day. A clamor of protest may sometimes be quieter, but is often just as hard to ignore. A politican who receives a thousand e-mails a day clamoring for his resignation might as well be listening to an angry crowd.

Examples of clamor in a Sentence


A clamor outside woke them in the night. city streets filled with clamor a public clamor for an arrest in the case There is growing clamor for reform.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

All of these characters, the women, the publishers, the hangers-on, the simply interesting, provide the clamor that seems to sustain Hemingway, fonts of affirmation on demand available for his fragile writer’s ego. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 The stock opened at a price that valued Moncler at around $3.5 billion, but such was the clamor for shares that the company ended the day worth just over $5 billion, a 47 percent jump in an afternoon. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "How CEO Remo Ruffini Is Reinventing Moncler for a Faster Fashion World," 8 Oct. 2018 Thinkstock Marshmallow Fluff New Englanders clamor for Marshmallow Fluff, a spread made from corn syrup, sugar syrup, dried egg whites and vanillin, a natural compound of the vanilla bean. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "12 Beloved Regional American Foods," 27 Oct. 2010 May has resisted calls for another referendum, but the clamor is intensifying as the remaining good options dwindle. Jen Kirby, Vox, "EU to UK: take the Brexit deal or else," 30 Nov. 2018 In the good old days all coaches clamor for, before social media and a thousand reporters in our kids’ ears all the time. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Chris Petersen on UW-Oregon rivalry, Autzen Stadium, Myles Gaskin, Justin Herbert and more," 8 Oct. 2018 Within one day, street culture was elevated to global couture, and a worldwide clamor for the products began. Candice Baker Yacono,, "Louis Vuitton South Coast Plaza reopens with store-exclusive merchandise," 12 July 2018 But the catalyst for the clamor in Chicago, a city enduring a crisis of gun violence, wasn’t what Ms. Nwandu had written. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "A Play Caught in the Crossfire," 12 June 2018 We're conditioned to clamor for headlines that hit below the belt and bring no depth to our lives. kansascity, "Bold lessons in Kanye West's rants | The Kansas City Star," 12 Oct. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Opposition lawmakers have also long clamored to make the terms of China’s loan deals with Venezuela more transparent, which Beijing opposes, according to two of the people familiar with the negotiations. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "China Talks With Venezuela Opposition to Protect Investments," 12 Feb. 2019 Since Google's transition from the cheaper Nexus line to the much more expensive Pixel line, people have clamored for Google to return to building cheaper devices. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The mid-range Google Pixel appears in pictures—complete with headphone jack," 16 Nov. 2018 The League, instead, enjoys deep support among entrepreneurs in Italy’s wealthy north, who have clamored for years to modernize Italy’s creaking infrastructure. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Alpine Tunnel Splits Italy’s Populists," 19 Jan. 2019 Darvish was brought in for the sole purpose of excelling in the postseason, and his two crash-and-burn outings in the World Series serve as stark reminders those trade deadline deals fans always clamor for can backfire. Paul Sullivan,, "Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish returns to Wrigley mound Wednesday for key simulated game," 19 June 2018 One response to a divisive power that clamors for building walls is to refuse by orchestrating artistic border crossings. Christopher Knight,, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 While all drivers clamor for attention for themselves, their teams and their sponsors, the old guard vs. the young guard drama has taken on a life of its own. Anthony Andro, USA TODAY, "Texas Motor Speedway revives New Kids on the Block to promote NASCAR's young drivers," 7 Apr. 2018 Messing was the center of attention last week at the Dimond ice rink, where fans clamored for a photo, a high-five, a bit of conversation. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Girdwood’s Keegan Messing is ready to rock Pyeongchang," 8 Feb. 2018 It’s been built with the help of foreign central banks and investors, who have clamored to buy U.S. government bonds through good times and bad. Brian Chappatta,, "A Guide to the Giant Foreign Buyers of U.S. Debt," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of clamor


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clamor

Noun and Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French clamour, from Latin clamor, from clamare to cry out — more at claim

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of clamor

: a loud continuous noise (such as the noise made when many people are talking or shouting)
: a loud or strong demand for something by many people


clam·​or | \ ˈkla-mər How to pronounce clamor (audio) \

Kids Definition of clamor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a noisy shouting
2 : a loud continuous noise the clamor of a storm
3 : strong and loud demand There was a public clamor for change.


clamored; clamoring

Kids Definition of clamor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a loud noise or demand Fans clamored for the star's autograph.

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