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clangor

[klang-er, klang-ger]
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noun
  1. a loud, resonant sound; clang.
  2. clamorous noise.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a clangor; clang.
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Also especially British, clang·our.

Origin of clangor

1585–95; < Latin: loud sound, noise, equivalent to clang(ere) to clang + -or -or1
Related formsclang·or·ous, adjectiveclang·or·ous·ly, adverb

Usage note

See -our.
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Examples from the Web for clangour

Historical Examples

  • The noise and rush and clangour of the Loop had long been familiar to him.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • The brisk trot of the officer's horse is lost in the clangour.

  • For the clangour continued at the same rate,—Dang, dang dang, dang.

    The Weathercock

    George Manville Fenn

  • He struggled, he called, he cried; his voice was lost in the din and clangour.

    Wood Magic

    Richard Jefferies

  • From Greenock to Glasgow resounded the clangour of hammers and the thunder of mechanism.

    An Ocean Tramp

    William McFee


British Dictionary definitions for clangour

clangour

US clangor

noun
  1. a loud resonant often-repeated noise
  2. an uproar
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verb
  1. (intr) to make or produce a loud resonant noise
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Derived Formsclangorous, adjectiveclangorously, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Latin clangor a noise, from clangere to clang
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Word Origin and History for clangour

clangor

n.

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

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