adjective, loud·er, loud·est.
Origin of loud
Synonyms for loud
Antonyms for loud
Related Words for out loudloudly, clearly, distinctly, plainly, audibly, intelligibly, lustily, noisily, vociferously
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.
Audibly, aloud, as in I sometimes find myself reading the paper out loud, or That movie was hilarious; the whole audience was laughing out loud. First recorded in 1821, this synonym for aloud was once criticized as too colloquial for formal writing, but this view is no longer widespread. Moreover, aloud is rarely used with verbs like laugh and cry. Also see for crying out loud.
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