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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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  • But a s the players burned through those and clamored for more, the name took on a different meaning.
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  • Waterfowlers, appalled at the continuing decline of duck and goose populations, clamored for action.
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  • Prosthetic users clamored for more information on the recovery path following amputation.
Word Origin and History for clamored



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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