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, clam·our.

Origin of clamor

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 formsclam·or·er, clam·or·ist, noun

Synonyms for clamor

1. shouting. 2. vociferation. 4. See noise.

Usage note

See -our.



verb (used with object) Obsolete.

to silence.

Origin of clamor

1605–15; perhaps spelling variant of clammer, obsolete variant of clamber in sense “to clutch,” hence “reduce to silence” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clamored

Contemporary Examples of clamored

Historical Examples of clamored

  • And in the boughs of the sycamores quarrelled and clamored the blackbirds.


    William D. Howells

  • Then he abruptly turned back to the bar and clamored for another drink.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • They clamored, banged and threw things for no reason other than to throw them.

    Foundling on Venus

    John de Courcy

  • The farmers had not clamored for a removal of the duty on wool.

  • But nobody went home, in spite of the packing that clamored for attention.

    Betty Wales Senior

    Margaret Warde

Word Origin and History for clamored



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.

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