\ˈlau̇d \

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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First, make the play area larger, then replace the blocks with multicolored cubes—and then set the whole thing to loud, throbbing music, putting every moment of play into sync with the beat. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Lumines Remastered Is the Perfect Summer Gaming Treat," 3 July 2018 And if truly affecting speed is the goal, these thrusters would be extremely loud, prone to extreme temperature changes, and possibly put other cars on the road at risk. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Here’s how Elon Musk might use rocket thrusters on the new Tesla Roadster," 16 June 2018 Well, the spring and summer seasons are when this print truly flourishes (blooms?), taking over racks at retailers and inspiring many to break out their loudest, brightest patterns. Glamour, "A Comprehensive Guide to Summer's Best Florals," 12 June 2018 Ritson continued to complain, stating the snoring was so loud, he and his partner were being kept awake. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Royal Caribbean cruise passenger demanded full refund because neighbor snored 'very loud'," 12 June 2018 The game ended with Jeimer Candelario rounding third base and JaCoby Jones rounding first as a loud fly ball died on the warning track in left field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers' growing pains aren't easy but Gardenhire is proud of fight," 14 July 2018 With the music up loud and the wind in their faces, they're inspired to turn do some reckless revelry. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Galantis and Max Moto-Surf LA in 'Satisfied,' Hit Big On 'Mama Look At Me Now': Watch," 13 July 2018 Croatia Looking for Rebic Croatia is really trying to work the ball to Rebic on the left now, at his regular and loud insistence. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Bent on preserving slim Republican congressional majorities in November’s elections, the president may hope that a loud goodbye to the WTO would reassure and revitalize his protectionist political base. James Bacchus, WSJ, "America Needs the WTO," 12 July 2018

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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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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


\ˈlau̇d \
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



Kids Definition of loud (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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