loud

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adjective \ ˈlau̇d \

Definition of loud

1 a :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

loud

adverb

loudly

adverb

Examples of loud in a Sentence

  1. She complained in a loud voice.

  2. Is the television loud enough? It's too loud!

  3. He's known for being loud and aggressive.

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Origin and Etymology of loud

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

Synonym Discussion of 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


LOUD Defined for English Language Learners

loud

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adjective

Definition of loud for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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loud

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adjective \ ˈlau̇d \

Definition of loud for Students

louder; loudest
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

loudly

adverb

loudness

noun

2

loud

adverb

Definition of loud for Students

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


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