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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A lawyer was clamouring in the tone of a triumphant pleader.

  • The most exacting and bewitching of all professions was clamouring for him again.

    The Destroyer Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • Seraphina, from within the room, said aloud, "They are clamouring for the life of our guest."

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • At the bank flushed and eager mobs were clamouring to have their pokes weighed.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • "The people are clamouring for the reopening of the Duma," replied the Emperor weakly.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • Else, what of “all the dogs in the town,” each craving and clamouring for his bone?

    Two Suffolk Friends Francis Hindes Groome
  • He stands between you and the public which is clamouring for a glimpse of you.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

    Grant Martin Overton
  • This they did, fighting their way through the crowd of porters who were clamouring for hire.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • Why, the four-footed worker has already got all that this two-handed one is clamouring for!

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • Till now it has seemed to them that we were clamouring only for selfish ends.

    The Master of Mrs. Chilvers Jerome K. Jerome
Word Origin and History for clamouring



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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