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

Examples from the Web for clamoured

Historical Examples of clamoured

  • To be clamoured at for repairs studied for, rather than really wanted?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Each of these three had clamoured that Andre-Louis Moreau should be one of its delegates.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • "The end—this thing has no end," he clamoured, unexpectedly.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • They clamoured for the one man who would fulfil every ideal of Cæsarship and of might.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • "You can shoot the ruffian, you can shoot S. Behrman," clamoured one of the group.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

Word Origin and History for clamoured



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper