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[ klam-er ]


  1. a loud uproar, as from a crowd of people:

    the clamor of the crowd at the gates.

  2. a vehement expression of desire or dissatisfaction:

    the clamor of the proponents of the law.

    Synonyms: vociferation

  3. popular outcry:

    The senators could not ignore the clamor against higher taxation.

  4. any loud and continued noise: the clamor of birds and animals in the zoo.

    the clamor of traffic;

    the clamor of birds and animals in the zoo.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make a clamor; raise an outcry.

verb (used with object)

  1. to drive, force, influence, etc., by clamoring:

    The newspapers clamored him out of office.

  2. to utter noisily:

    They clamored their demands at the meeting.



[ klam-er ]

verb (used with object)

, Obsolete.
  1. to silence.

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Spelling Note

See -or.

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Other Words From

  • clam·or·er clam·or·ist noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of clamor1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English clamor (from Anglo-French ), from Latin, equivalent to clām- ( claim ) + -or -or 1; Middle English clamour, from Middle French, from Latin clāmōr- (stem of clāmor )

Origin of clamor2

First recorded in 1605–15; perhaps spelling variant of clammer, obsolete variant of clamber in sense “to clutch,” hence “reduce to silence”

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Synonym Study

See noise.

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Example Sentences

In the initial weeks of vaccinations, Maryland and Virginia gave about 16,000 doses to the District to cover such workers but have not provided more doses since as their own residents clamor for vaccinations.

A six-mile one-way loop road hugs the peninsula’s pink-granite shoreline, with plenty of turnouts to stop and watch lobster boats in the bay and to clamor over the wave-beaten headland at Schoodic Point.

In 2021, though, thanks in large part to a pandemic that has all of us spending more time at home, people are clamoring for versatility, comfort and a return to tradition.

Getting yelled at online by a few dozen people can seem like the entire world is clamoring at you, something to which I can attest from experience.

In recent months, Democrats have been clamoring to eliminate the filibuster.

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There has been a growing clamor for the president himself to act.

Or worse, see the high end of the partnership clamor for someone other than de Blasio for mayor.

Ogimura waved his hand in the air, calling a temporary stop to play, unable to think in the clamor.

Amid the noise and clamor, we uncover the presents worth cherishing: life, family, friends, and faith.

I had joined Twitter, crossed over to the other side, joined the endless clamor coming over the hills from Twitter Village.

Notwithstanding the unseemly hour, the people came running out at the outcry and clamor especially those from the nearest houses.

Keeping up an ululating clamor of commands, he ran to the roof of the dwelling, snatched up a musket and took steady aim.

No one could deny that Government had yielded in the face of noisy clamor and forcible resistance.

It was the first time that a female voice had been heard in the midst of the clamor of these enraged combatants.

The clamor of the mob silenced the Girondists, and they hardly made an attempt to speak in their defense.