adjective, loud·er, loud·est.


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

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
Related formsloud·ly, adverbloud·ness, nouno·ver·loud, adjectiveo·ver·loud·ly, adverbo·ver·loud·ness, nounun·loud·ly, adjective

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.

Antonyms for loud

1. quiet.
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Examples from the Web for loudly

Contemporary Examples of loudly

Historical Examples of loudly

  • They were all fighting away, and shouting angrily and loudly.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • "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

    Joseph Conrad

  • A mere "No," shouted never so loudly, would not have met the needs of the case.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • It was wide open, and she rapped on it loudly, and then turned her back.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for loudly



(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
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 loudly

c.1400, from loud + -ly (2).



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 loudly


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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