[ klang-er, klang-ger ]
/ ˈklæŋ ər, ˈklæŋ gər /


a loud, resonant sound; clang.
clamorous noise.

verb (used without object)

to make a clangor; clang.

Nearby words

  1. clandestine,
  2. clang,
  3. clang association,
  4. clanger,
  5. clanging,
  6. clangorous,
  7. clangour,
  8. clank,
  9. clannish,
  10. clannishly

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

British Dictionary definitions for clangour


US clangor

/ (ˈklæŋɡə, ˈklæŋə) /


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