\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web My once-a-week game time with friends from grad school on the other side of the country, which had been dominated by loud matches of Rocket League, had turned to the epic RPG Divinity: Original Sin 2. John Kehayias, Wired, 19 June 2021 Police responded to a report of a very large and loud party around 10 p.m. on June 9, called the homeowner and wrote up a report for possession of marijuana shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 19 June 2021 Even if the building isn’t completely full, expect a loud, welcoming atmosphere from people who follow track and field and love their Ducks. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 June 2021 Anyone who notices any suspicious activity around their vehicle or hears the sound of a loud power tool overnight should also call 911, Franklin said. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 18 June 2021 Ford Bronco, the truck growling and sputtering loud enough to wake the neighbors in her quiet central L.A. neighborhood. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 17 June 2021 Pause drops viewers in the middle of a loud, crowded party full of Jay and dozens of her friends and colleagues. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 17 June 2021 That prompted a loud reaction from some in the audience, and Jacobs than called a recess and the board members left the room. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, 17 June 2021 Morgan took a couple of warmup pitches and remained in the game, earning a pat on the head from Francona and a loud ovation from the crowd. Steve Herrick, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Loud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loud. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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 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



Kids Definition of loud (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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