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[klang-er, klang-ger] /ˈklæŋ ər, ˈklæŋ gər/
a loud, resonant sound; clang.
clamorous noise.
verb (used without object)
to make a clangor; clang.
Also, especially British, clangour.
Origin of clangor
1585-95; < Latin: loud sound, noise, equivalent to clang(ere) to clang + -or -or1
Related forms
clangorous, adjective
clangorously, adverb
Usage note
See -our. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The machinery of the pit-head is all down, likewise the clangorous iron tower which shells seemed unable to destroy.

    The Challenge of the Dead Stephen Graham
  • And with the clangorous metal pail he smote the ugly, brutish skull.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • Thereupon, he lifted up his voice in clangorous condemnation, after the manner of his species.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • He was the first to introduce Tschakowsky's brilliant and clangorous B-flat minor concerto.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • Her lips parted; from them came another trumpeting—tyrannic, arrogant and clangorous.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • "That's not a con-tin-gen-cy," said Barbara, and for more than a minute they listened to the clangorous racket of the rails.

    John March, Southerner George W. Cable
  • Then we pray to the holy deity, Pallas of the clangorous arms, the first to welcome our cheers.

  • High up in the Gothic steeple, the bells were swinging, gay and clangorous.

    Their Son; The Necklace Eduardo Zamacois
  • He had a habit of smiting the keyboard, and massive chords, clangorous harmonies inevitably preluded his performances.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
Word Origin and History for clangorous

1712, from Medieval Latin clangorosus, from Latin clangor, or else from clangor + -ous. Related: Clangorously; clangorousness.



1590s, from Latin clangor "sound of trumpets (Virgil), birds (Ovid), etc.," from clangere "to clang," echoic (cf. clang).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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