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 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The aim is to ward off the devil, and the projection art appears at this time, too, adding visuals to the clamor of discontent. New York Times, "Paint, Poems and Protest Anthems: Myanmar’s Coup Inspires the Art of Defiance," 17 Feb. 2021 The builder runs two shifts daily with 130 workers, making a clamor with tools on steel and aluminum. Kevin Spear, USA TODAY, "'They won't have to separate from ... family': Florida attraction to get glass-bottom boat for wheelchairs," 25 Jan. 2021 Even before moving to America, the clamor of a restaurant filled Baydoun's childhood. Slone Terranella, Detroit Free Press, "Fairy godfather of falafel, Rafic Baydoun, dies after COVID-19 battle," 25 Jan. 2021 A dozen years ago, the Obama administration declined to press prosecutions, despite a clamor from the hard Left. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Biden nominee for spy chief wins confirmation after Cotton lifts hold," 20 Jan. 2021 Outside the building, there's public clamor to remove Trump before his term ends. Tribune News Service, Arkansas Online, "Trump said to plan defiant final week amid push for ouster," 11 Jan. 2021 If Democrats manage to retake control of the Senate, there will be loud clamor on the Left to use the government's rare Democratic sweep to get rid of the Hyde Amendment. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Ban on federally funded abortions on chopping block next year," 10 Dec. 2020 Barr suddenly announced in July 2019 that executions would resume, though there had been no public clamor for it. Arkansas Online, "Trump ratchets up pace of executions before Biden inaugural," 8 Dec. 2020 Offit predicted that demand for the vaccines could rival the clamor for flu shots in 2004, when production problems caused a severe shortage just as influenza season began. NBC News, "Demand for Covid vaccines expected to get heated — and fast," 7 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Customers also clamor for the start of éclair and cream puff season. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Sweet success: Four generations and 90 years of Goll’s bakery in Havre de Grace," 26 Feb. 2021 The families of those who had disappeared during the war began to clamor for an accounting of what had happened. New York Times, "Fading Sri Lankan Hopes for Justice Rest on U.N. Rights Council," 24 Feb. 2021 There are some reasonable explanations for why so much vaccine is held up in storage while counties clamor for more. Catherine Ho,, "California has 2 million unused doses of vaccine even as demand soars. Here’s why," 16 Jan. 2021 The audience reaction to this is tumultuous, and for years after, a vocal subset of MCU fans will clamor for the Nolan cut of The Avengers. Joe Reid, Vulture, "What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Christopher Nolan?," 12 Jan. 2021 So why do some continue to clamor for antitrust action against yesterday’s social-media leaders? Rick Santorum, National Review, "Help Conservative Alternatives to Facebook and Twitter. Save Section 230," 2 Dec. 2020 The several days needed to declare Biden a winner felt like an eternity for his supporters and Trump critics who were taking to Twitter and other media platforms to clamor for the networks to make a declaration. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How the networks decided to call the election for Joe Biden," 7 Nov. 2020 Residents, businesses and advocacy groups will clamor for attention to persistent problems ranging from crime to trash pickup. Jean Marbella,, "What Brandon Scott faces as Baltimore’s next mayor: a pandemic, budget woes and crime-weary residents hoping for change," 6 Nov. 2020 Institutional investors reportedly expressed interest in more than 1,000 times the number of shares on offer, and die-hard members of the massive BTS Army official fan club are also expected to clamor for shares. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "BTS Label Big Hit Valued at $4 Billion After Pricing IPO at Top of Range," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Clamor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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