[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 clangour

Historical Examples of clangour

  • The noise and rush and clangour of the Loop had long been familiar to him.


    Edna Ferber

  • The brisk trot of the officer's horse is lost in the clangour.

  • For the clangour continued at the same rate,—Dang, dang dang, dang.

    The Weathercock

    George Manville Fenn

  • He struggled, he called, he cried; his voice was lost in the din and clangour.

    Wood Magic

    Richard Jefferies

  • From Greenock to Glasgow resounded the clangour of hammers and the thunder of mechanism.

    An Ocean Tramp

    William McFee

British Dictionary definitions for clangour


US clangor


a loud resonant often-repeated noise
an uproar


(intr) to make or produce a loud resonant noise
Derived Formsclangorous, adjectiveclangorously, adverb

Word Origin for clangour

C16: from Latin clangor a noise, from clangere to clang
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Word Origin and History for clangour



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper