Definition of clamor in US English:


(British clamour)


  • 1A loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting vehemently.

    ‘the questions rose to a clamor’
    • ‘In the clamor of a battle, such noises and their exact location would be virtually impossible to distinguish even at close range.’
    • ‘The loud clamor of metal against metal awoke him swiftly.’
    • ‘There was music and the sound of chatter in the background, the clamor of a dinner party in progress.’
    • ‘Jonathan must himself have heard the growing clamor in the kitchen, for he hurried to finish.’
    • ‘As she neared, she heard the clamour of their excited voices rising and echoing off the rock walls around her.’
    • ‘Aurora responded, also yelling over the clamor.’
    • ‘They were shouting and laughing, their voices rising above the clamor of the motor.’
    • ‘The clamor of noise from the television interrupted my need for the serenity in the house.’
    • ‘Just as I got close to the bedroom door and was beginning to turn the knob, the clamor of footsteps came to my attention again.’
    • ‘With each passing moment, as the horizon became a little brighter, the clamor became louder, until all the knights of the camp were up and about, making ready for their departure.’
    • ‘Sonorous snores cut through the clamor of the gathering.’
    • ‘Earlier this week, the work cafeteria was buzzing with the clamour of the morning rush.’
    • ‘But underneath all the clamor and the noise, a single heart beats.’
    • ‘When he had finished talking, there arose a great clamor of noise as everyone grabbed their belongings, and started to make their way out of the room and into the hall outside.’
    • ‘From behind the group, a great clamor arose.’
    • ‘He barely even noticed the clamor of noise coming from Jennifer's room.’
    • ‘The clamor rose to such a level, that no one could get a word in edgewise.’
    • ‘The noise had reached a clamour, and the smoke was making their eyes water.’
    • ‘Upon opening the door, the clatter of trays on silverware and the clamor of voices competing with one another washed over them.’
    • ‘Her murmured words were lost in the clamor of running feet.’
    din, racket, loud noise, uproar, tumult, babel, shouting, yelling, screaming, baying, roaring, blaring, clangour
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    1. 1.1 A strongly expressed protest or demand from a large number of people.
      ‘the growing public clamor for more police officers on the beat’
      • ‘The ABC story notes the growing clamor for free and fair elections.’
      • ‘There has been a clamour for tax credits to help small businesses train their staff.’
      • ‘He has to face down the markets, his political critics, and his own colleagues as the clamour for solutions to the looming economic crunch inevitably grows.’
      • ‘There will also be a desperate clamour for tickets, accommodation and buses as more than 35,000 fans from the south coast prepare to travel to the Welsh capital.’
      • ‘So when the railways began to expand in the south in mid-1850s, there was a clamour for a rail link to the hills.’
      • ‘The only way to fend off the loud clamour of conspiracy theories is to keep the public fully informed.’
      • ‘‘The clamour for early interest rate increases is unjustified and potentially dangerous, particularly for manufacturing,’ he said.’
      • ‘In recent months, however, as worker unrest has swelled and fewer job recruits have arrived, the clamour for jobs at the factory gates has declined.’
      • ‘And as we know, in the clamour for rights those who can only whisper are ignored.’
      • ‘Now Manchester's ruling Labour group has pledged to act after its own backbenchers joined the clamour for change.’
      • ‘The corruption allegations have spurred public protests and mounting clamor for his immediate resignation.’
      • ‘To prevent urban unrest, the country's leadership had to address the growing clamor for jobs.’
      • ‘Labour is going to learn whether or not it is possible to resist the public clamour for tax cuts and still win a general election.’
      • ‘In view of the clamour for more public spending, especially on health, transport and education, the Chancellor is seen as more likely to choose to boost public expenditure than cut taxes.’
      • ‘In any case, public clamor for inoculations might require a liberal vaccination program after an outbreak.’
      • ‘There was also a growing clamour for a shift in a policy that for years had appeared unfavourably disposed to overseas companies.’
      • ‘With many investors still smarting after the destruction of equity - based investments, there is a clamour for safer havens for longer term savings.’
      • ‘Along the coast, people have crammed themselves into steep-sided stacks of apartments in the clamour for the slightest glimpse of the sea.’
      • ‘‘I think the Prime Minister has done a fantastic job,’ he says, dismissing the growing clamour for an early succession.’
      • ‘Many locals also work with the international agencies, and are well off by past standards, although the clamour for more jobs in an economy with high unemployment is intense.’
      demand, demands, call, calls, urging, insistence
      protests, storms of protest, complaints, outcry
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  • 1(of a group of people) shout loudly and insistently.

    ‘the surging crowds clamored for attention’
    • ‘And given the prospect of witnessing a Lakers-like dynasty, perhaps a waiting public would clamor loudly for a team.’
    • ‘Looking at her toes now, they clamored for attention in their nakedness.’
    • ‘Who are the mysterious prisoners that clamour insistently at the edges of otherwise benign dreams?’
    • ‘In our society, a multitude of spiritual gurus clamor for our attention.’
    • ‘His immaculate suit, unfashionable haircut and adult ways made him instead look more like a parent than the screaming groupies that clamoured around the stage during the show.’
    • ‘While people were clamoring over the young couple, they seemed an odd match.’
    • ‘It was babbling loudly, clamoring to tell her about every fish swimming in its depths and about any animal that happened to drink its water.’
    • ‘He looked at it suspiciously, and as he grabbed for it, the thunder only began to clamor loudly, sending more rain to beat down on the mansion.’
    • ‘The problem with responding to every group that clamours loudly is that in election year everyone starts to clamour.’
    • ‘Entirely new publications came into being to satisfy the insatiable demands of people clamoring for historical truth.’
    • ‘People are literally clamoring for attention, and they'll do whatever it takes to be noticed.’
    yell, shout loudly, bay, scream, shriek, roar
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    1. 1.1 Make a vehement protest or demand.
      ‘scientists are clamoring for a ban on all chlorine substances’
      • ‘It was a Rosetta stone that I would continually go back to when multiple issues from disparate groups clamored for priority.’
      • ‘Investors have been clamoring for Chinese stocks like children pining for more dessert.’
      • ‘In fact, students clamor for the courses - admittedly, more loudly in some regions of the country than others.’
      • ‘They need to speak so loudly that they drown out those who clamor for war.’
      • ‘That was enough for all of them to clamour for group photographs, autographs and exchange of pleasantries of all sorts.’
      • ‘Several Seahawks fans have been clamoring for a new nickname for the up-and-coming defense.’
      • ‘The academic elite has responded to the exam statistics by suggesting greater government investment in science, just as it continually clamours for further investment in research and development.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, foreign investors are clamoring to get a piece of the newest meat on the market.’
      • ‘Sometimes we clamor for leadership and insist that if only we had the proper teaching and guidance, we would behave much differently.’
      • ‘Since the Hawks bolted in 1968, fans have not been clamoring for a team in St. Louis.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was the hormones raging within my body, clamoring to get released.’
      • ‘And especially not to listen to the chorus of middle class pressure groups and supplicants who clamour for their own priorities to be espoused unexamined.’
      • ‘The group clamored to place bets and it took Anna a while to find her voice again.’
      • ‘And yet people clamored for the job, which went to the highest bidder.’
      • ‘Then there's the influence of the incinerator lobby, who are clamouring for an increase in waste burning.’
      • ‘I lowered my head just to hide the snort that clamored to get out.’
      • ‘The farmer clamours for adequate remuneration, if not more.’
      • ‘Bonus materials are abundant and include items fans have been clamoring for for years.’
      • ‘Thirdly, the utter chaos of one daily delivery as the public clamours for an early service, not an afternoon delivery, causes friction and further saps staff morale.’
      • ‘This is why they clamour so loudly for deregulation, in the hope of diluting the health and safety, consumer protection and environmental standards which force them to carry their own costs.’
      demand, call, bay
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin clamor, from clamare ‘cry out’.