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 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 Cue the clamor of a dozen-plus philosophers debating the cause, function, and value of our most jagged emotion. The New Yorker, "The Best Books We Read in 2020," 1 Dec. 2020 There will be some clamor for Fitzpatrick to start now. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Dolphins’ defense starred, Fitzpatrick was smart and here’s what Tua must have learned | Commentary," 29 Nov. 2020 But as the public clamor deepened, the U.S. Max operators pushed back, concerned the messaging was tone-deaf. Alan Levin,, "Boeing Tempers Hoopla on Max’s Return After Crisis ‘Dug a Hole’," 30 Sep. 2020 As the clamor over the case grew, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard had suggested Mexico might impose limits on the ability of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to operate in Mexico. Washington Post, "U.S. agrees to drop charges against former Mexican defense minister," 17 Nov. 2020 Once the clamor had died down Nicklaus sank the putt for birdie. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "How Jack Nicklaus' sixth Masters win aged 46 tops Tiger Woods' redemption tale," 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Tens of thousands of people still took to the street to clamor for his resignation. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Embattled Belarus Strongman Travels to Russia to Seek Help From Putin," 14 Sep. 2020 Yields fall when anxious investors clamor for safe-haven assets like Treasury bonds. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "Mortgage Refinancings Boom, Even as Coronavirus Hits Economy," 8 Sep. 2020 When the wind blows straight west and the tide rolls in, fish, shrimp, crab and other sea life clamor to the water’s surface for oxygen. Jessica Fender,, "Take a weekend drive to friendly Fairhope for fishing, quiet beaches and quirky 'castles'," 18 Aug. 2020 Aid programs for agriculture are now proliferating as farm groups clamor for dollars to help them through the pandemic. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Sen. Tina Smith attacks challenger Jason Lewis over 1998 stance on farm subsidies," 2 Aug. 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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14 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clamor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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