loud

adjective
\ ˈlau̇d How to pronounce loud (audio) \

Definition of loud

1a : marked by intensity or volume of sound loud music
b : producing a loud sound the marten was loud beside them— David Walker
2 : clamorous, noisy a loud crowd of people
3 : obtrusive or offensive in appearance or smell : obnoxious the loudest pinstripe suit in history— John O'Reilly

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Other Words from loud

loud adverb
loudly adverb

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loud, stentorian, earsplitting, raucous, strident mean marked by intensity or volume of sound. loud applies to any volume above normal and may suggest undue vehemence or obtrusiveness. loud shouts of protest stentorian implies great power and range. an actor with a stentorian voice earsplitting implies loudness that is physically discomforting. the earsplitting sound of a siren raucous implies a loud harsh grating tone, especially of voice, and may suggest rowdiness. the raucous shouts of drunken revelers strident implies a rasping discordant but insistent quality, especially of voice. the strident voices of hecklers

Examples of loud in a Sentence

She complained in a loud voice. “Is the television loud enough?” “It's too loud!” He's known for being loud and aggressive.
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But toilets on planes are often cramp and very loud. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Using Physics To Build a Quieter Airplane Toilet," 5 Apr. 2019 Before actually contacting first responders, the Apple Watch will try to give numerous urgent alerts: tapping the wearer on the wrist, sounding of a very loud alarm, and also displaying a visual alert. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch’s new auto-911 calls after falls may tumble into legal trouble," 25 Sep. 2018 There was a whistle — a short one, not very loud — before the cars slid out of New Haven’s State Street station, a nearly decade-old dream wrapped in silver and red, gliding towards Hartford. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Riding The Hartford Line: Years In The Making, Now Days Away," 13 June 2018 All my best friends are in the LGBTQ community and have always been very encouraging of me to express myself and be loud and be open and share my creativity. Evan Real, Billboard, "Rita Ora Reflects on 'Girls' Controversy: 'There's Not One Way to Come Out'," 12 June 2018 The modern classic romantic comedy in which a Greek woman (Nia Vardalos) starts dating a handsome non-Greek guy (John Corbett), much to her gigantic, loud, and quirky family’s chagrin. Marie Claire, "The 17 Best Movies on HBO Go to Watch Right Now," 28 Feb. 2019 So far, his trade bark has been a lot louder than his bite, so the concrete impact has been limited. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "A Wall Street Journal interview on trade shows Trump has no idea what he’s doing," 27 Nov. 2018 The capital city has returned to true form—loud, lively, with Uber drivers sitting in traffic and locals weaving in and out of shops and restaurants (lights a'blazing). David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Puerto Rico's Dorado Beach Is a Bit of Bali, Three Hours from Home," 12 Nov. 2018 But long-term exposure to loud noises can cause permanent ear damage that leads to tinnitus. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of loud

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for loud

Middle English, from Old English hlūd; akin to Old High German hlūt loud, Latin inclutus famous, Greek klytos, Sanskrit śṛṇoti he hears

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The first known use of loud was before the 12th century

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loud

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of loud

: making or causing a lot of noise : strong and noticeable in sound
of a person : noisy in a way that bothers other people
: expressing ideas or opinions in a very open and forceful way

loud

adjective
\ ˈlau̇d How to pronounce loud (audio) \
louder; loudest

Kids Definition of loud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not low, soft, or quiet in sound : noisy loud music
2 : not quiet or calm in expression a loud complaint
3 : too bright or showy to be pleasing loud clothes

Other Words from loud

loudly adverb
loudness noun

loud

adverb

Kids Definition of loud (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a loud manner Don't talk so loud!

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