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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. Unabridged
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  • Of course there was a clamour that I should sing again, but I couldn't.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • I was in the middle of the pit, and from the pit the clamour arose.

  • There is a clamour for evidence, signs, messages, testimony.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • An impression, I am told, sometimes gets abroad that we yield to clamour.

    The Burning Spear John Galsworthy
  • There had been a moment's pause in the clamour of their babel as the door opened and Israel entered.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Then the clamour of voices drowned the sound of the royal hymn outside.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • The young man made some further protest, but it was lost in his father's clamour.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The clamour in his brain was so loud that he thought some one was making a noise in the house.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The cabins were stuffy and the clamour of the donkey engine made him restless.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for clamour


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clamour

chiefly British English spelling of clamor (q.v.); for spelling, see -or. Related: Clamoured; clamouring; clamourous.



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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