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 Much of the clamor about the Starlink clause concerns Articles II, VI, and VIII of this treaty. Alexander William Salter, National Review, "Elon Musk’s Martian Way (Empire not Included)," 12 Nov. 2020 Though street protests have ended, that clamor for accountability has not. Aanu Adeoye, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Nigerian protests, a generation poised to seize the moment," 6 Nov. 2020 Today, wine lovers from around the world clamor for roughly the same pool of great Burgundies that was available in 1990. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines," 22 Oct. 2020 In an election season noisy again with political differences, conducted in the shadow of a relentless pandemic, one message seems to have cut through the clamor and anxiety for many San Diego County residents. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In-person voting begins as mail ballots pour in for an election like no other," 31 Oct. 2020 Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will again start despite a crescendo in the clamor for top draft pick Tua Tagovailoa to make his NFL debut. Mark Heim |, al, "Dolphins vs. 49ers live stream (10/11): How to watch NFL Week 5 online, TV, time," 11 Oct. 2020 In other words, what some analysts mistook as a clamor for revolution was really just a reversion to common sense — the sort of common sense on which Biden went on to base his 2020 campaign. David Greenberg, Washington Post, "A Joe Biden biography with a few surprises," 23 Oct. 2020 When a Dodger hit a home run or recorded a strikeout, the difference between this clamor and a full house was minimal. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "In summer of silent baseball, World Series crowd is welcome, worrisome," 20 Oct. 2020 Like the rest of the US, the clamor for racial justice reverberated throughout the institution. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "The herculean effort it takes to maintain the Met museum during a lockdown," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 In the years ahead, the two Polish inventors would clamor with one another for the rights as inventors of the modern bulletproof vest. Kenneth R. Rosen, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Long, Fraught History of the Bulletproof Vest," 2 Apr. 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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20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Clamor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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