loud

[ loud ]
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adjective, loud·er, loud·est.

adverb

in a loud manner; loudly: Don't talk so loud.

Nearby words

  1. lotze, rudolf hermann,
  2. lou,
  3. lou gehrig's disease,
  4. louangphrabang,
  5. louche,
  6. loud and clear,
  7. loud mouth,
  8. loud-hailer,
  9. louden,
  10. loudish

Idioms

    out loud, aloud; audibly: I thought it, but I never said it out loud. Just whisper, don't speak out loud.

Origin of loud

before 900; Middle English; Old English hlūd; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon hlūd (Dutch luid), Old High German hlūt (German laut); akin to Greek klytós famous

SYNONYMS FOR loud
1. resounding; deafening; stentorian. Loud, noisy describe a strongly audible sound or sounds. Loud means characterized by a full, powerful sound or sounds, which make a strong impression on the organs of hearing: a loud voice, laugh, report. Noisy refers to a series of sounds, and suggests clamor and discordance, or persistence in making loud sounds that are disturbing and annoying: a noisy crowd. 5. gaudy, flashy, showy.

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British Dictionary definitions for loud

loud

/ (laʊd) /

adjective

adverb

in a loud manner
out loud audibly, as distinct from silently
Derived Formsloudly, adverbloudness, noun

Word Origin for loud

Old English hlud; related to Old Swedish hlūd, German laut

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Word Origin and History for loud

loud

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with loud

loud

In addition to the idioms beginning with loud

  • loud and clear
  • loud mouth

also see:

  • actions speak louder than words
  • big (loud) mouth
  • for crying out loud
  • out loud
  • think aloud
  • (loud enough) to wake the dead
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