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 politician who receives a thousand emails 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 But now the growing clamor for action to halt global warming is forcing governments to mandate a switch to clean vehicles, sounding the death knell for the internal combustion engine. Adrian Croft, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2021 On Capitol Hill, the whispers of federal marijuana reform and legalization have grown into a clamor. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 28 Oct. 2021 The meme token, trading at $0.0000569 as of press time, got a boost from growing clamor for Robinhood to list it on its platform. Nina Bambysheva, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Strout is not so absorbed by the psychic clamor around her to neglect the task of finding the best-fitting structure for her intuitions. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, 20 Oct. 2021 The clamor for monetizing has been rising for years, mostly from museums of Modern and Contemporary art, where the market booms and makes headlines. Los Angeles Times, 18 Oct. 2021 This growing clamor over vaccine mandates - which public health experts say are the best way to end the nearly two-year pandemic, and which have proved effective in other countries - poses a direct challenge to Biden., 13 Oct. 2021 This growing clamor over vaccine mandates - which public health experts say are the best way to end the nearly two-year pandemic, and which have proved effective in other countries - poses a direct challenge to Biden. Annie Linskey, Fenit Nirappil, Ian Duncan, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2021 This clamor for work is being reflected around the world, as desperate pilots who’ve been grounded by the pandemic for more than a year mob recruiters for the few new flying jobs on the market in a last-ditch effort to save their aviation careers. Angus Whitley,, 31 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many of those fans turned up early to clamor for the best spots for the general admission show. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Nov. 2021 Customers are likely to clamor for more choices, and shortages will force them to take second best. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 At Florida, where fans clamor weekly for dual-threat freshman Anthony Richardson to lead the offense, coach Dan Mullen has continued to stick to his plan of splitting snaps between Richardson and the more experienced Emory Jones. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 And sure, that probably leads us to clamor for greater national respect. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Oct. 2021 Fans usually clamor around the set to get a glimpse at Saban, let alone a pic or acknowledgement given his focus and lack of time before kickoff. Ben Flanagan |, al, 2 Oct. 2021 And activists continue to clamor for the renaming of Faneuil Hall, named for slave trader Peter Faneuil, who built the marketplace and meeting hall for the city in 1742., 8 Sep. 2021 And shootings on area expressways have risen each year since 2018, spurring Chicagoans to clamor for solutions. Nicole Stock,, 30 Aug. 2021 Texas took an important step Tuesday in expanding access to virtual education as families clamor for more options during the pandemic. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021

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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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“Clamor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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 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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