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

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 Amid the clamor, it was left to one of Rock’s biggest foes to raise that point. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Kid Rock is still Kid Rock — it's the culture that has changed since he hit the scene," 8 Dec. 2019 On a hot afternoon last summer, Downtown Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall was alive with its usual bustle and clamor. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Restoring Brooklyn’s Queen of Department Stores," 22 Nov. 2019 But Idles are undeniably punk (or, more precisely, post-punk) in their droning, industrial clamor and their shout-along choruses., "And they just want you to love yourself.," 11 Oct. 2019 Fight Club seems precisely the kind of Hollywood product targeted in the clamor for greater responsibility and morality in the post-Columbine national debate. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fight Club': THR's 1999 Review," 15 Oct. 2019 With Italy’s economy essentially stuck and its power waning, there is rising clamor that the party’s dysfunction and identity crisis may not just bring down the government but drag Italy down with it. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "As Five Star Party Risks Implosion, Italy Fears the Fallout," 18 Jan. 2020 Hours-long lines regularly snake outside of the Outer Sunset’s Devil’s Teeth Baking Company on the weekends as breakfast seekers clamor for biscuit sandwiches and beignets. Janelle Bitker,, "Devil's Teeth Baking Company to open second San Francisco location," 17 Jan. 2020 Importing slaves into the United States had been outlawed since 1808, and by 1859 the price of domestic slaves had soared, cutting deeply into planters’ profits and spurring some to clamor for reopening the trade. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020 In interviews and on social media, experts clamor to explain why that statement is misleading, false, or dangerous. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "Scientific backlash only makes Goop stronger," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Nike Air Yeezy 1 and Air Yeezy 2 caused a ripple effect that had fans clamoring to get their hands on a pair. Mark Elibert, Billboard, "Laced Up: Kanye West's Latest Yeezy x Adidas 'Yeshaya' Collaboration Opens the New Year in Style," 24 Jan. 2020 After fans clamoring for a new entry in the series since roughly the day the Nintendo Switch was announced, New Horizons finally hits the platform on March 20. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020," 11 Jan. 2020 Protests clamoring for his release on bail on Nov. 12 also reportedly resulted in a clash with the agency’s officers. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "The controversial rearrest of a prominent activist and journalist is testing press freedom in Nigeria," 6 Dec. 2019 It is felt by many historians to have united some of the factions clamoring for baseball to desegregate and helped sway public opinion. Kevin Leonard,, "From Laurel by convenience: the strange tale of a racist ballplayer," 21 Nov. 2019 But the announcement, which offered little information on the two cases, left doctors clamoring for more details. Linda Carroll, NBC News, "A fecal transplant led to a patient's death. Here's what happened.," 30 Oct. 2019 Exhibitions of works by the 90-year-old Japanese artist have shattered museum attendance records, sent fans clamoring for limited tickets and even prompted scalpers to try and capitalize on an eager market. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Artist Yayoi Kusama Is Creating a Whimsical Balloon for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade," 25 Oct. 2019 Fans clamoring for the days of grinding things out by running the ball and playing stout defense may want to avoid this game. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "N.F.L. Week 6 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread," 11 Oct. 2019 However, to the left are 17 (down a few hopefuls since the race started) different candidates from a colorful medley of professional, cultural, and political backgrounds clamoring for the Democratic nomination. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Cory Booker on Being Vegan and Animal Rights," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clamor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce clamor (audio)

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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