- (of sound) strongly audible; having exceptional volume or intensity: loud talking; loud thunder; loud whispers.
- making, emitting, or uttering strongly audible sounds: a quartet of loud trombones.
- clamorous, vociferous, or blatant; noisy: a loud party; a loud demonstration.
- emphatic or insistent: to be loud in one's praises; a loud denial.
- garish, conspicuous, or ostentatious, as colors, dress, or the wearer of garish dress: loud ties; a loud dresser.
- obtrusively vulgar, as manners or persons.
- strong or offensive in smell.
- in a loud manner; loudly: Don't talk so loud.
- out loud, aloud; audibly: I thought it, but I never said it out loud. Just whisper, don't speak out loud.
Origin of loud
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Examples from the Web for loud
Officials also had received reports of loud bangs—called in by fishermen—and an oil slick.Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
Because Wright was a no-show in criminal court to face the loud music and pot bust he already had an outstanding warrant.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
December 11, 2014
Rob Marshall lets a sigh of relief erupt so loud it could be heard by giants in the sky.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
He was loud enough for his friend and those around him to hear.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
There were loud voices, including that of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), calling for ending the program entirely.SWAT Lobby Shoots to Kill Police Reform After Ferguson
December 2, 2014
He hates to go, but he says it's his duty; the call is so loud.
"Look at the way that foundation's put in," said the old man in a loud voice.Way of the Lawless
I was just ready, when we heard a loud knocking and ringing at the street door.To be Read at Dusk
We reached it before sunset, and were received with loud cheers.
You needn't talk quite so loud; it won't hurt her to get a bit of rest.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (of sound) relatively great in volumea loud shout
- making or able to make sounds of relatively great volumea loud voice
- clamorous, insistent, and emphaticloud protests
- (of colours, designs, etc) offensive or obtrusive to look at
- characterized by noisy, vulgar, and offensive behaviour
- in a loud manner
- out loud audibly, as distinct from silently
Word Origin and History for loud
Old English hlud "noisy, making noise, sonorous," from West Germanic *khluthaz "heard" (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon hlud, Middle Dutch luut, Dutch luid, Old High German hlut, German laut "loud"), from PIE past participle *klutos- (cf. Sanskrit srutah, Greek klytos "heard of, celebrated," Armenian lu "known," Welsh clod "praise"), from root *kleu- "to hear" (see listen).
Application to colors first recorded 1849. The adverb is from Old English hlude, from Proto-Germanic *khludai (cf. Dutch luid, German laut). Paired with clear since at least c.1650.