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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. 2016.
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  • The twins had dried their tears and were clamouring round her to know how soon they could start for their promised drive.

    The Beggar Man Ruby Mildred Ayres
  • He stands between you and the public which is clamouring for a glimpse of you.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street Grant Martin Overton
  • They were clamouring that the execution of Joan of Arc should be soon carried out.

    Joan of Arc Ronald Sutherland Gower
  • Till now it has seemed to them that we were clamouring only for selfish ends.

    The Master of Mrs. Chilvers Jerome K. Jerome
  • The Schuylers are clamouring for us, and though I hate to leave here I really think we ought to go.

    Italian Letters of a Diplomat's Life Mary Alsop King Waddington
  • Seraphina, from within the room, said aloud, "They are clamouring for the life of our guest."

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Whoever heard him preach forsook his worldly possessions and took the cross, clamouring for Peter himself to lead all Christendom.

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

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • It took me a long time to get really acquainted with Sylvia, because of the extent to which this world was clamouring for her.

    Sylvia's Marriage Upton Sinclair
  • Frank was clamouring for bread yesterday, weren't you, Cousin Frank?

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
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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