- (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 loudly
Priests often preach support for the regime to their congregations, many of whom loudly dissent.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
Her new friends jump to her defense and loudly tell the clerk to back off.‘Girlhood’: Coming of Age in France’s Projects
November 25, 2014
“The fact that the left reacted so loudly” told him it was working, Jindal said.Bobby Jindal vs. ‘Science Denier’ Obama
September 16, 2014
They compared outfits, loudly greeted friends, tapped on their iPhones.The Drama of Being a Model: Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill Land in Fashion Week
September 8, 2014
Now they stripped down and loudly, laughingly dove into the cooling water.Shakeup In the Ukraine Rebel High Command
August 15, 2014
They were all fighting away, and shouting angrily and loudly.Rico and Wiseli
"No," she said again, this time speaking so loudly that she startled herself.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
What did it mean by beginning to tick so loudly all of a sudden?The Secret Agent
A mere "No," shouted never so loudly, would not have met the needs of the case.American Notes
It was wide open, and she rapped on it loudly, and then turned her back.Meadow Grass
- (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 loudly
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.