[ klam-er ]
/ ˈklæm ər /


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)
1 shouting.
4 See noise.
Related formsclam·or·er, clam·or·ist, noun

Usage note

See -our. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clamour


US clamor

/ (ˈklæmə) /


a loud persistent outcry, as from a large number of people
a vehement expression of collective feeling or outragea clamour against higher prices
a loud and persistent noisethe clamour of traffic


(intr; often foll by for or against) to make a loud noise or outcry; make a public demandthey clamoured for attention
(tr) to move, influence, or force by outcrythe people clamoured him out of office
Derived Formsclamourer or US clamorer, nounclamorous, adjectiveclamorously, adverbclamorousness, noun

Word Origin for clamour

C14: from Old French clamour, from Latin clāmor, from clāmāre to cry out
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