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[klam-er] /ˈklæm ər/
a loud uproar, as from a crowd of people:
the clamor of the crowd at the gates.
a vehement expression of desire or dissatisfaction:
the clamor of the proponents of the law.
popular outcry:
The senators could not ignore the clamor against higher taxation.
any loud and continued noise:
the clamor of traffic; the clamor of birds and animals in the zoo.
verb (used without object)
to make a clamor; raise an outcry.
verb (used with object)
to drive, force, influence, etc., by clamoring:
The newspapers clamored him out of office.
to utter noisily:
They clamored their demands at the meeting.
Also, especially British, clamour.
Origin of clamor1
1350-1400; Middle English clamor (< Anglo-French) < Latin, equivalent to clām- (see claim) + -or -or1; Middle English clamour < Middle French < Latin clāmōr- (stem of clāmor)
Related forms
clamorer, clamorist, noun
1. shouting. 2. vociferation. 4. See noise.
Usage note
See -our.


[klam-er] /ˈklæm ər/
verb (used with object), Obsolete
to silence.
1605-15; perhaps spelling variant of clammer, obsolete variant of clamber in sense “to clutch,” hence “reduce to silence” Unabridged
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Examples from the web for clamor
  • Now oil prices are so high that some of the oil-fired power plants sit idle, even as people clamor for more electricity.
  • When a growing population of eligible students clamor for a fixed number of available positions, admission rates decline.
  • Kids clamor for them because they make them feel cool and grown-up.
  • And crucially, they also know when to step away from the screen and ignore the clamor of online distractions.
  • It would be both a traffic jam and a logistical nightmare, not to mention the clamor of the doorbell constantly ringing.
  • He spoke and those in the hall shouted again and made clamor around him.
  • Their clamor dies away with the noise of the market.
  • The voting is over, and the country has many other issues that clamor for attention.
  • The constant background hum and clamor of news and advertising jingles is replaced by a strange quieted stillness.
  • Tuition hikes and state support will fund that if there's a clamor.
British Dictionary definitions for clamor


a loud persistent outcry, as from a large number of people
a vehement expression of collective feeling or outrage: a clamour against higher prices
a loud and persistent noise: the clamour of traffic
(intransitive; often foll by for or against) to make a loud noise or outcry; make a public demand: they clamoured for attention
(transitive) to move, influence, or force by outcry: the people clamoured him out of office
Derived Forms
clamourer, (US) clamorer, noun
clamorous, adjective
clamorously, adverb
clamorousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French clamour, from Latin clāmor, from clāmāre to cry out
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Word Origin and History for clamor

late 14c., from Old French clamor "call, cry, appeal, outcry" (12c., Modern French clameur), from Latin clamor "a shout, a loud call" (either friendly or hostile), from clamare "to cry out" (see claim (v.)).


late 14c., from clamor (n.). Related: Clamored; clamoring.

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