Definition of clamour in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklamə/
(US clamor)


[in singular]
1A loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting: the questions rose to a clamour
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  • But underneath all the clamor and the noise, a single heart beats.
  • The noise had reached a clamour, and the smoke was making their eyes water.
  • 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.
din, racket, loud noise, uproar, tumult, babel, shouting, yelling, screaming, baying, roaring, blaring, clangour;
commotion, brouhaha, hue and cry, hubbub, bedlam, pandemonium;
Scottish & Northern English  stramash
informal hullabaloo, rumpus
British informal row
rare vociferation, ululation, charivari
1.1A strongly expressed protest or demand from a large number of people: the growing public clamour for more policemen on the beat
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  • ‘The clamour for early interest rate increases is unjustified and potentially dangerous, particularly for manufacturing,’ he said.
  • 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.
  • 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.
demand(s), call(s), urging, insistence
protests, storms of protest, complaints, outcry


[no object]
1(Of a group of people) shout loudly and insistently: the surging crowds clamoured for attention
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  • The problem with responding to every group that clamours loudly is that in election year everyone starts to clamour.
  • Who are the mysterious prisoners that clamour insistently at the edges of otherwise benign dreams?
  • 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.
yell, shout loudly, bay, scream, shriek, roar
1.1Make a vehement protest or demand: scientists are clamouring for a ban on all chlorine substances
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  • Then there's the influence of the incinerator lobby, who are clamouring for an increase in waste burning.
  • Meanwhile, foreign investors are clamoring to get a piece of the newest meat on the market.
  • Several Seahawks fans have been clamoring for a new nickname for the up-and-coming defense.
demand, call, bay;
press, push, lobby


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin clamor, from clamare 'cry out'.

  • claim from [Middle English]:

    Latin clamare ‘to call out’ is the base of English claim. It also gives us acclaim (early 17th century) from ad- ‘to’ and clamare ‘to shout’, and reclaim (Middle English). This was first used as a falconry term in the sense ‘recall’. The sense ‘make land suitable for cultivation’ is recorded from the mid 18th century. Clamour (Late Middle English) comes from the same source.

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