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

Screens filled the rooms and uproarious rounds of clamor grew louder and louder as the stakes grew higher with each subsequent race. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Inside Miami's Pegasus Cup, the World’s Richest Horse Race," 1 Feb. 2019 Get up, move quietly, and leave/ all the clamor behind. Nina Maclaughlin,, "Harrowing saga of the El Faro sinking, Ha Jin’s poems of being outsider," 27 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That's largely because people aren't clamoring to buy or rent them. USA Today, "'Can't pay their bills with love': For many teaching jobs, teachers' pay can't cover rent," 5 June 2019 If the preciousness of life was at the core of their belief system, the anti-abortionists would be clamoring at the top of their lungs for sensible gun control laws. J.d. Crowe |,, "Alabama roadkill: Women’s rights are GOP red dead meat," 3 June 2019 There’s a reason that world is so beloved and why fans have clamored for more of it over the years. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 That's a lot to get out of one movie, and fans have been clamoring for sequels basically since the film came out. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "This "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Fan Twitter Imagines Conversations Between Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean," 12 Sep. 2018 In terms of activity, the club has met the demands of a fanbase clamoring for reinforcement to turn an up-and-down season around. Juan Pimiento,, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018 But with so many networks and platforms clamoring for space and attention, that rule was relaxed this year with competitive nightly events allowed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Glenn Whipp,, "This year, the path to the Emmys goes through the Arby's takeout window," 11 June 2018 Bourbon's boom comes in large part from overseas consumers clamoring for Kentucky's signature liquor. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Trump trade war threatens to 'kill jobs' in Kentucky bourbon industry," 1 June 2018 Popular cosmetic emporiums like Sephora have siphoned off shoppers clamoring for hot lines like Fenty Beauty by pop star Rihanna. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Saks Fifth Avenue bets 'magic mirrors,' face workouts will bring online buyers to stores," 29 May 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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