- (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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for loud on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for louder
“We need to get louder and more effective, to show voice and power in politics,” Liu told The Daily Beast.Why Harvard's Asians Are Invisible
November 28, 2014
More campaign dollars and a louder megaphone are by themselves not enough to win swing states.A GOP Senate? Why It Won't Come Easy
September 1, 2014
At each turn toward misery, the crowd support got louder, and more deafening.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World
June 30, 2014
It is, at least now, no different from any other chat show, except it is louder than an air show.Is There Life Left in ‘The View’?
June 28, 2014
He played along with the first verse, as per usual, but then the chanting got louder.Is Jack White the Last True Rock Star?
June 13, 2014
She heard him speaking in a voice not louder than a whisper, rapid, distinct.
It was no louder than a whisper from without—the creak of a board.
A hinge creaked, but it was no louder than the rustle of silk against silk.
At last it came again, louder than before, but equally confused.The Dream
Louder yet, Vengeance, with a little oath or so added, and yet it will hardly bring her.A Tale of Two Cities
- (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 louder
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.
Idioms and Phrases with louder
In addition to the idioms beginning with loud
- loud and clear
- loud mouth
- actions speak louder than words
- big (loud) mouth
- for crying out loud
- out loud
- think aloud
- (loud enough) to wake the dead