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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
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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.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • 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
  • I had barely finished when the clangour of a great gong startled me.

    The Log of a Sea-Waif Frank T. Bullen
  • Its clangour startled him, and nearly made him fly from the place.

    Under False Pretences

    Adeline Sergeant
  • Just then a clangour began; the clocks of the city were tolling the midnight hour.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • They entered upon a scene of indescribable confusion and clangour.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair
  • Smoke and clangour, and odours not often met with in Wiltshire, are very insistent.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for clangour


/ˈklæŋɡə; ˈklæŋə/
a loud resonant often-repeated noise
an uproar
(intransitive) to make or produce a loud resonant noise
Derived Forms
clangorous, adjective
clangorously, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin clangor a noise, from clangere to clang
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clangour



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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