[klang-er, klang-ger]


a loud, resonant sound; clang.
clamorous noise.

verb (used without object)

to make a clangor; clang.

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

Examples from the Web for clangorous

Historical Examples of clangorous

  • And with the clangorous metal pail he smote the ugly, brutish skull.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

  • Thereupon, he lifted up his voice in clangorous condemnation, after the manner of his species.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • Her lips parted; from them came another trumpeting—tyrannic, arrogant and clangorous.

  • He was the first to introduce Tschakowsky's brilliant and clangorous B-flat minor concerto.

    Franz Liszt

    James Huneker

  • The machinery of the pit-head is all down, likewise the clangorous iron tower which shells seemed unable to destroy.

Word Origin and History for clangorous

1712, from Medieval Latin clangorosus, from Latin clangor, or else from clangor + -ous. Related: Clangorously; clangorousness.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper