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 clamor (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 politician who receives a thousand emails a day clamoring for his resignation might as well be listening to an angry crowd.

Examples of clamor in a Sentence

Noun 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amid the clamor of clanging pickaxes and falling rocks, Sana has found work in the Pissy granite mine on the outskirts of Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. Sam Mednick, ajc, 8 May 2022 On Monday morning, New Yorkers were awakened by resounding thunder claps which set off car alarms as an inversion amplified the clamor from a passing storm. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Unlike Feinstein, Grassley also faces no clamor within his party to let someone younger take his place. Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Remarkably, the GoPro survived its ordeal -- a family member heard the clamor and ran in the direction of the squawking to recover it. Sara Spary, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Milk crates have been tumbling across the U.S. in the latest social media challenge, and rappers are echoing the clamor. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 25 Aug. 2021 In a library, a music store, a consignment shop and in homes across the area, people peered outside for clues to describe the clamor. Christine Condon,, 27 June 2021 The mainstream and left-of-center media dismissed the clamor as a lot of fuss over nothing. Natalie Wexler, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Hymns burst from the Anglican cathedral nearby, and a clamor of drums and bamboo flutes played outside the Hindu temple. Marcia Desanctis, Travel + Leisure, 19 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yes, all those groups who so often clamor for stakeholder governance have gone mute on the issue of ballot access. Fortune, 18 Jan. 2022 The policing debate raging in Brookline is a microcosm of the tensions playing out across the country, illustrating how fraught the police reform enterprise is, even as communities clamor for change., 17 Jan. 2022 As a result, as people clamor to get in line for what represents the only real safety from a disease that has killed millions, plenty of individuals who have been vaccinated will wait patiently until they are told it’s safe to gather. New York Times, 23 Jan. 2021 Each of these initiatives have created loud and powerful constituencies that clamor for their causes to be sustained. Peter Jacobsen, National Review, 1 Sep. 2021 Many of those fans turned up early to clamor for the best spots for the general admission show. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Nov. 2021 Customers are likely to clamor for more choices, and shortages will force them to take second best. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 At Florida, where fans clamor weekly for dual-threat freshman Anthony Richardson to lead the offense, coach Dan Mullen has continued to stick to his plan of splitting snaps between Richardson and the more experienced Emory Jones. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 And sure, that probably leads us to clamor for greater national respect. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Clamor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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