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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for clangorous
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  • 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
  • Her lips parted; from them came another trumpeting—tyrannic, arrogant and clangorous.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • He was the first to introduce Tschakowsky's brilliant and clangorous B-flat minor concerto.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • 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
  • Then we pray to the holy deity, Pallas of the clangorous arms, the first to welcome our cheers.

  • He had a habit of smiting the keyboard, and massive chords, clangorous harmonies inevitably preluded his performances.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • "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
  • High up in the Gothic steeple, the bells were swinging, gay and clangorous.

    Their Son; The Necklace

    Eduardo Zamacois
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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