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 Faced with a public clamor for more action, state lawmakers are debating new legislation that would move the state more decisively away from the chemical. Michael Hawthorne,, "How tough is the Illinois law on ethylene oxide? Not nearly tough enough, some lawmakers and residents say.," 16 Oct. 2019 Both peaceful and violent demonstrators say violence and vandalism is the only way for young protesters to force the government to bend to clamors for full democracy and other demands. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Protests, clashes as bid to block Hong Kong mask ban fails," 6 Oct. 2019 Analysts expect a clamor among party loyalists to appoint her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as her brother’s successor. Washington Post, "India’s main opposition Congress party in throes of crisis," 11 Aug. 2019 Other Republicans, including those in Colorado, Maine and swing states, also would face difficult votes, despite the clamor for gun laws. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he wants background checks, also reassures NRA," 9 Aug. 2019 The scene in Miami took place during a clamor over the treatment of asylum seekers flooding the U.S. border with Mexico. Chad Day, WSJ, "Julián Castro, Seeking to Break Out, Says ‘People Are Looking at Me in a New Way’," 27 June 2019 In particular, the parts set in the institution, the focus on daily existence in the place, the clamor, the tensions, the character of the guards, the favors available for a little bribery, all of it a sterling evocation of prison life. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Escape at Dannemora’ Review: Prison Heartbreak," 15 Nov. 2018 The relocation and building of the city could cost at least $33 billion and spark a clamor for state contracts. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "Why is Indonesia moving its capital?," 26 Aug. 2019 Protests continued after he was ousted as a clamor came for the ruling military generals to transfer power to a transitional civil authority. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "The beauty influencer using her Instagram to tell the world about Sudan," 19 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yup, there's a preschooler, complete with gigantic doe eyes and a yen for YouTube Kids, clamoring to grab your thousand-dollar slab of glass with his or her mysteriously sticky fingers and still-wonky motor skills. Wired, "Our Favorite Kids Tablet Is $40 Off Right Now," 7 Nov. 2019 Then, the co-hosts, each channeling a different celebrity’s iconic look from over the years, made their grand entrance one by one, cheered on by a mob of fans and clamoring photographers. Aurelie Corinthios,, "The Real Co-Hosts Channel Iconic Celebrity Met Gala Looks on Halloween — See Their Costumes," 31 Oct. 2019 On days when other families post selfies of their clamoring children and their quarreling siblings, her absence becomes more vivid to me than ever before. Jayson Greene,, "The bittersweet balm of Father’s Day as a bereaved dad, and how you can help," 25 Oct. 2019 With sky-high housing prices driving people out of expensive cities and everyone clamoring for more time with their families, many employees are thrilled to hunker down at home., "Who needs an office? Companies ditch headquarters and connect workers remotely - The Boston Globe," 4 Oct. 2019 At a time when liberals are clamoring to make the criminal-justice system less punitive, her record as a district attorney and state attorney general has been a liability. Molly Ball, Time, "Kamala Harris Is Making Her Case. But Can She Stand Out in a Crowded Field?," 3 Oct. 2019 There are a lot of people, including Kelly Clarkson and Drew Barrymore, clamoring after Ellen’s crown. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "Why Tamron Hall’s Role Model Is Rocky," 30 Aug. 2019 What’s clear is that everyone clamoring for a seat at the table is being forced to spend more than ever — and that’s where Apple clearly has no issue. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Apple TV Plus can afford to gamble $6 billion in a way that Disney and Hulu can’t," 20 Aug. 2019 Worthy stops beyond restaurants: Sangak at Wholesome Choice (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) The food court of this Irvine grocery store serves kebabs and fragrant stews (and also pastas, shawarma and crepes) to a clamoring lunchtime crowd. Los Angeles Times, "Two food writers eat at all the Persian restaurants in SoCal (OK, 18 of them)," 6 Aug. 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of clamor was in the 14th century

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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