Definition of clamorous in US English:



  • 1Making a loud and confused noise.

    ‘a jostling, clamorous mob’
    • ‘As soon as the clamorous ring echoes through the school corridors, youngsters cram all their books and pencils into their school bags and join the mad scramble to leave the classroom.’
    • ‘His throat gaped, his chest heaved, his eyes squeezed shut involuntarily, and then with a clamorous noise, he let loose a sneeze that put even the colossal thunder crashing in the sky above to shame.’
    • ‘A clamorous group from the North-East who had started drinking at lunchtime lurched down one side of Micklegate, while on the other a hen night gathering from North Wales set about their task with equal enthusiasm.’
    • ‘I want to remember seedy, clamorous Omonia Square.’
    • ‘At its controversial opening night Nijinsky's choreography was considered almost as shocking as the churning rhythms and clamorous orchestration of Stravinsky's score.’
    • ‘At University College he entered literary life and joined a clamorous and rough-edged group of rivals who gave him the patterns of many of his most significant minor characters.’
    • ‘If I see a bust of Caesar or stand in the silent ruins of his once clamorous palace, I reflect not on the greatness of his empire but on the greater empire of Time, which Rome and all her legions could not withstand.’
    • ‘I was pleasantly surprised to discover a clamorous, dim room filled with networked computers available dirt-cheap.’
    • ‘The group of chess lovers is often clamorous, but always concentrating, with more gazers and supporters than real players; each viewer a potential undercover chess player.’
    • ‘Here, ancient Akragas, with its valley of three superb 5th-century-BC temples, is neatly distinct from the tight, clamorous modern city.’
    • ‘Perhaps when all this is finished, she says, gesturing at the clamorous cement mixers and the spider's web of scaffolding, she will go away and give herself time to salve her sorrow, time to look back on precious memories, time to reflect.’
    • ‘One reason is that our image of her art is so bound up with its first clamorous appearance.’
    • ‘But to me the most frightening aspect of the whole disaster was that the clamorous Tasman Sea went suddenly quiet - eerily so - and though I waited for its comforting roar to resume, I can't remember ever hearing it so noisy again.’
    • ‘The place was teeming with life in all its clamorous glory, and it seemed I had stumbled upon a picaresque underworld where everyone had escaped from a Dickens yarn.’
    • ‘Both men are from Brooklyn, both have children named Satchel, both are basketball fans, devout Knicks supporters, and both have made the clamorous city of New York their sound stage.’
    • ‘As on earlier discs, he enlivens Caribbean traditions with masterful jazz piano, by turns clamorous, poignant, playful and even swinging.’
    • ‘In the 16th and 17th centuries, the cries turned still more colourful and clamorous, as a kind of auditory arms race developed between the vendors.’
    • ‘This rich brew of classical, folk and modern musical influences makes for a sometimes clamorous collage of phrases.’
    • ‘We stare back in distress, pondering the prospect of spending the better part of two hours at a clamorous pre-teen boys' party.’
    • ‘The day in mid-January when the sun peeps over the horizon for the first time is greeted with such clamorous celebrations that it's a wonder it doesn't scuttle back behind the hills in fright.’
    noisy, loud, vocal, vociferous, raucous, rowdy, rackety, tumultuous, shouting, shrieking, screaming
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    1. 1.1 Expressing or characterized by vehement protests or demands.
      ‘the clamorous radical wing of the party’
      • ‘Such preoccupations rarely seem to have troubled the solitary beings who inhabit the clamorous pages of her witty, erudite and anecdotal - if inconclusive - study.’
      • ‘This strategy has hollowed out the party so that it is in danger of forgetting its longstanding commitment to reform liberalism in favor of embracing whatever clamorous interest groups happen to want at the moment.’
      • ‘They don't get to their apartment and the bath floods but they do make a sickeningly clamorous protest in trying.’
      • ‘The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be lead to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.’
      • ‘He must hope that after clamorous calls for his resignation, he himself is not placed before the PM's firing squad.’
      noisy, loud, vocal, vociferous, raucous, rowdy, rackety, tumultuous, shouting, shrieking, screaming
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