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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.
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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Examples from the web for clamoring
  • So please, don't blame an environmentalist clamoring for responsibility.
  • Think about this while clamoring for a government run health system.
  • People on any website clamoring about how they disagree because what they see.
  • In a few years today's children will be clamoring to take their place in the adult world.
  • Understandable, then, that teachers aren't keen to open their inboxes to the clamoring hordes.
  • Generally, readers aren't clamoring for enhanced books.
  • Don't be surprised if your kids are clamoring for microorganisms this holiday season.
  • And the public doesn't exactly seem to be clamoring for better uniform education standards.
  • Governments are clamoring to utilize private satellite technology.
  • Insurers are not clamoring for this kind of business.
Word Origin and History for clamoring



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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