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 clamouring

Historical Examples of clamouring

  • A lawyer was clamouring in the tone of a triumphant pleader.

  • The most exacting and bewitching of all professions was clamouring for him again.

    The Destroyer

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • Seraphina, from within the room, said aloud, "They are clamouring for the life of our guest."


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • At the bank flushed and eager mobs were clamouring to have their pokes weighed.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • "The people are clamouring for the reopening of the Duma," replied the Emperor weakly.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

Word Origin and History for clamouring



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