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[klang-er, klang-ger]
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  1. a loud, resonant sound; clang.
  2. clamorous noise.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to make a clangor; clang.
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Also especially British, clang·our.

Origin of clangor

1585–95; < Latin: loud sound, noise, equivalent to clang(ere) to clang + -or -or1
Related formsclang·or·ous, adjectiveclang·or·ous·ly, adverb

Usage note

See -our.
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Related Words

peal, noise, blare

Examples from the Web for clangor

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Historical Examples

  • There were five or six others, whose names in the clangor of voices I did not hear.

  • The clangor, the smoke and dust, the hurrying crowds, all worked into his mood.

    The Girl and The Bill

    Bannister Merwin

  • There was the sound of horsery and the clangor and click of camera men without.

    The Shriek

    Charles Somerville

  • The clangor distracted the attention of the assailants, and a parley ensued.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • The clangor waxed, beat about us with tremendous strokes of sound.

Word Origin and History for clangor


1590s, from Latin clangor "sound of trumpets (Virgil), birds (Ovid), etc.," from clangere "to clang," echoic (cf. clang).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper