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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In a few minutes the tumult of the advancing army was increased tenfold by the clamor of the city pouring out to meet it.

    Remember the Alamo Amelia E. Barr
  • Only in the cafes there is a clamor of voices and a drowning of care.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • He found himself holding his breath in order to be sure that the clamor of a coyote was not a cowboy signal of attack.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • Presently, through the clamor around me, I heard "the Indian" crying.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • What power was it that made my own name ring vaguely in my ears, in spite of the clamor of bells?

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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