load·​ed | \ ˈlō-dəd How to pronounce loaded (audio) \

Definition of loaded

1 : carrying a load a loaded freight train : such as
a : containing an explosive charge a loaded warhead : having bullets inside a loaded handgun
b of a camera : having film inside
2 informal : having a large amount of something a store loaded with goods a report loaded with errors : such as
a : having a large amount of money : wealthy She left them a fortune and the family is now loaded.
b : equipped with an abundance of features a fully loaded car
c : filled or topped with many things a loaded baked potato
d : featuring a great amount of top-level talent a basketball team with a loaded roster a loaded competition
3 chiefly US slang : intoxicated by alcohol or drugs especially : drunk They got loaded at the party. … no matter how loaded he got, Billy did his drinking at home and always put the cans in the recycling bin … — Stephen King
4a : carrying a hidden or secondary meaning that is capable of causing unease Because "asylum" is a loaded term, it can draw attention to crucial issues facing vulnerable Americans, but it also tends to foreclose discussion of real solutions.The New York Times "You tell me," Cora said. "Do you think I had a therapist?" Aaron's mouth fell open. That was a loaded question. Any answer would be wrong.— Parnell Hall
b : weighted to favor a specific outcome loaded dice

Examples of loaded in a Sentence

He said he didn't know the gun was loaded. the department stores were loaded with goods for the holiday shopping season
Recent Examples on the Web Indianapolis has to take on the loaded AFC West, and those early games against the Chiefs and Broncos could be key to a fast start. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 All-American, as the No. 12 senior prospect in the state in a loaded class. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 13 May 2022 Liberals celebrated her for neutralizing loaded questions (including some asked by Fox) and defending Biden's agenda. Brian Stelter, CNN, 13 May 2022 Lancaster further called on jurors to reject defense insinuations that because Scott had a gun in his car and a loaded clip in his pocket that Moore was ever in real danger from the older man. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 4 May 2022 The prefusion state is spring loaded and readily assumes the postfusion state. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Owens said detectives searched the residence and found a satchel with two loaded handgun magazines and a black backpack with two of Parks’ MTA identifications inside. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2022 While lead star Zendaya couldn't attend due to her loaded schedule, cast members Maude Apatow and Sydney Sweeney made sure to tear up the red carpet in her absence. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 3 May 2022 Finished in Memphis Blue Pearl with a grey interior, this particular Montero is the loaded Limited trim level with leather seats, automatic climate control, a CD changer, and a sunroof. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of loaded

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Loaded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loaded. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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