- (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
- (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 out 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.
Idioms and Phrases with out loud
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