adjective, loud·er, loud·est.
Origin of loud
Synonyms for loud
Antonyms for loud
Related Words for loudnessnoise, tone, vibration, accent, note, music, harmony, melody, voice, din, ringing, softness, modulation, tenor, intonation, report, static, reverberation, pitch, racket
Examples from the Web for loudness
Historical Examples of loudness
"I don't care who hears me," Adams said, harshly, though he tempered his loudness.Alice Adams
Best, apparently, on account of the loudness or clearness of his voice.
Heard from close by, where Maya sat, the music was overpowering in its loudness.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
Also it achieved a regularity and loudness that guaranteed it to be genuine.The Rich Little Poor Boy
The shouts and cries of the terrified settlers increased in loudness.Afar in the Forest
Word Origin 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.
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