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

Choose the Right Synonym for loud

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Viewers are treated to a confident black woman with a relatable storyline, devoid of stereotypical behaviors (loud mouth, sassy, unreasonably angry) that have become all too commonplace in media for black female characters in general. Teen Vogue, "From B.A.P.S. to Shrill: How Black Plus-Size Women Have Shaped the Romantic Comedy Genre," 10 May 2019 Today, Mase makes his living by crafting loud and proud poetry on everything from white supremacy and LGBTQ rights to personal grief and growing up in an interfaith home. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Seattle poet J Mase III makes his own way and teaches other trans and queer artists to carve out sustainable careers," 13 Apr. 2019 Most offerings for kids feature bright colors, loud sounds, and—especially in the affordable range—less-than-smooth materials. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Target's New Furniture Line Is Made for Kids with Sensory Sensitivities," 4 Apr. 2019 During a break in-between the Blind Auditions, the camera cut to a close-up of Adam letting out a loud belch that really impressed Kelly. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine Bonded Over the Grossest Habit," 17 Mar. 2019 After the premiere of the brand-new format, viewers made their thoughts loud and clear. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Are Calling the First Cross Battles Show the 'Worst Episode' Ever," 16 Apr. 2019 Trouble begins almost immediately, as the children in particular hear strange creaking sounds, barking dogs, loud banging on the walls at night, and see the odd apparition. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Haunting of Hill House," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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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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louche

Loucheux

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loud and clear

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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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