clam·or | \ˈkla-mər \

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, 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for clamor

Synonyms: Noun

babel, blare, bluster, cacophony, chatter, clangor, din, discordance, noise, racket, rattle, roar

Antonyms: Noun

quiet, silence, silentness, still, stillness

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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

Yet as corruption continues to factor into almost all economic transactions here, the clamor for change keeps growing. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenyans have had it with corruption. Their leaders may finally be doing something about it.," 13 July 2018 For Dorsey and his peers, the conservative clamor could be more than a public-relations nuisance. Tony Romm,, "Inside Facebook and Twitter's secret meetings with Trump aides and conservative leaders," 27 June 2018 In the rest of the world, the clamor for regulation is building. New York Times, "Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf," 13 May 2018 The clamor of people arguing over who can claim him seems to have become a staple of the steady flow of affirmation that Hemingway craved so much. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 There has long been a clamor for more immigration judges to keep up with the caseload. Amy Taxin, The Seattle Times, "Judges thrust into debate over Trump’s immigration policies," 2 July 2018 The country’s new leader, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has acknowledged that there is a public clamor for action, but has warned that prosecutors must build a solid case first. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Jewels, Other Items Seized From Najib Residences Worth $274 Million, Malaysian Police Say," 27 June 2018 Thanks to Valenciano’s civic clamor, south-side Chicano residents enjoyed family picnics and received dental care. Richard J. Gonzales, star-telegram, "Fort Worth’s Chicana Queen devoted her life to social justice," 12 June 2018 Outside, there was the clamor of construction in a neighborhood busily gentrifying. Susannah Breslin, The Atlantic, "Porn’s Uncanny Valley," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The public has clamored for law enforcement to release dashboard and body camera recordings following recent fatal police shootings in Milwaukee; Tulsa, Okla.; and Charlotte, N.C. Glenn E. Rice, Bill Turque And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "Kansas City Police Department inches toward equipping officers with body cameras," 26 June 2018 Owners of popular YouTube channels like Phil DeFranco and Casey Neistat have long clamored for more ways to make money other than advertising, and the complaints have grown louder over the last year. Bloomberg,, "YouTube offers its stars the option to sell subscriptions," 22 June 2018 Some fans have clamored for the Brewers to do something about this situation but, in essence, their hands are tied. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers have few options as they wait for Orlando Arcia to get going at plate," 15 June 2018 Both McMaster and Templeton have clamored to align themselves with Trump in a state that voted overwhelmingly for him in 2016. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "In GOP gov primary, SC voters weigh experience, perspective," 9 June 2018 Advocates have clamored for electrified service both as a way to decrease emissions and provide better service, because electric vehicles accelerate more quickly. Adam Vaccaro,, "State Senate backs study on electrification of T rail system," 12 May 2018 Customers have also clamored for a 300,000-euro ($366,000) convertible with quilted seats and matching luggage. Fortune, "Mercedes-Benz Aims at Billionaires With New Maybach Crossover," 24 Apr. 2018 Many Arsenal fans across the world have clamored for the club's long-term manager Arsene Wenger to step down in recent years, taking to the streets, stadiums, Twitter and, in one extreme case, even to the sky. Tom Mcgowan, CNN, "Arsenal: 'Wenger Out' campaign finally gets its wish," 20 Apr. 2018 Todd Rokita and Luke Messer, and former state Rep. Mike Braun have each clamored to portray themselves as the biggest Trump supporter. Brian Slodysko, Post-Tribune, "Agriculture experts troubled by Indiana's GOP Senate candidates' tariff talk," 16 Apr. 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


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

Verb (1)

see clamor entry 1

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 \

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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