clam·​or·​ous ˈklam-rəs How to pronounce clamorous (audio)
: marked by confused din or outcry : tumultuous
clamorous city streets
: noisily insistent
clamorous demands
clamorously adverb
clamorousness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for clamorous

vociferous, clamorous, blatant, strident, boisterous, obstreperous mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention.

vociferous implies a vehement shouting or calling out.

vociferous cries of protest and outrage

clamorous may imply insistency as well as vociferousness in demanding or protesting.

clamorous demands for prison reforms

blatant implies an offensive bellowing or insensitive loudness.

blatant rock music
a blatant clamor for impeachment

strident suggests harsh and discordant noise.

heard the strident cry of the crow

boisterous suggests a noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits.

a boisterous crowd of party goers

obstreperous suggests unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint.

the obstreperous demonstrators were arrested

Examples of clamorous in a Sentence

a clamorous objection to the play that the students have chosen to put on this year a clamorous kindergarten classroom that would try the patience of any sane adult
Recent Examples on the Web In science, a clamorous consensus often begins as a whisper. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2023 Eight years of clamorous politics and four indictments later, what more can satirists say? Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2023 The cuffs are a Hitchcockian clue, and the whole movie is clamorous with echoes of earlier works. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 14 July 2023 Evolution of Tradition It is widely believed that clamorous send-offs, like the timeless rattle of tin cans on the back of newlyweds’ getaway vehicles, stem from the French tradition of charivari (a French word for uproar). Alix Strauss, New York Times, 12 July 2023 If only the world weren’t so clamorous, Herbst could have gotten back to the novels she was meant to be writing. Sarah Watling, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 May 2023 Advertisement Moreover, while Clinton showed a natural ease with California and its clamorous culture, Bush never seemed to get a grip on the state. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2023 In Smith’s case, that has meant honing her collage technique; introducing more icons, like the U.S. map and bison; and adjusting her colors and insistent strokes and drips of paint to better convey the clamorous contradictions of American Indian life. Jillian Steinhauer, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2023 In New York, Ms. Stefanik has allied herself firmly with the Republican Party’s clamorous Trump wing. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


see clamor entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clamorous was in the 15th century

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“Clamorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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