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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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

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 But the catalyst for the clamor in Chicago, a city enduring a crisis of gun violence, wasn’t what Ms. Nwandu had written. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "A Play Caught in the Crossfire," 12 June 2018 We're conditioned to clamor for headlines that hit below the belt and bring no depth to our lives. kansascity, "Bold lessons in Kanye West's rants | The Kansas City Star," 12 Oct. 2013 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fans have been clamoring for a live-action Kim Possible remake for a while; the original Disney cartoon ran from 2002 to 2007. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Disney Releases Live-Action "Kim Possible" Trailer," 8 Dec. 2018 This week’s vote was Ryan’s means of assuaging them and a fringe coalition of House conservatives that has been clamoring for the legislation of Trump’s hardline immigration wishes. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Immigration Votes Cap a Rough Week for the GOP," 21 June 2018 The people who put these benchmarks together are clamoring for a role for other oil benchmarks, including in China and Dubai, while the U.S. oil gauge, West Texas Intermediate, is gaining more currency abroad as American crude is exported. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Other Oil Grades Considered for Brent Benchmark," 24 Sep. 2018 Two hundred years ago, New Hampshire innkeeper Abel Crawford had a problem: guests at his White Mountain hotel were clamoring for the chance to summit the iconic Mount Washington. Kathryn Miles,, "Yankee grit and the building of the Appalachian Trail," 13 June 2018 These kids were clamoring to get them; there’s still kids walking around with them. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Three weeks after Marshall County shooting, survivors watch Florida tragedy unfold," 15 Feb. 2018 On one side of Barclays, fans are having the time of their lives, clamoring for the free t-shirts that hype men throw out into the crowd. Charlotte Wilder,, "The Unbearable Tedium of Waiting to Hear Your Name Called at the NBA Draft," 22 June 2018 Struggling to distinguish himself in his sprawling family – all clamoring for attention from their father, Joseph P. Kennedy – Robert sought out his mother, Rose, who took her religion seriously. Ross Baker, Smithsonian, "Why Robert Kennedy Transformed From a Conservative Into a Liberal Champion of Civil Rights," 5 June 2018 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

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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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