\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

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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There’s clearly a lot of work to be done to improve the PC gaming experience on Windows, and Spencer’s hints show that Microsoft has heard the feedback loud and clear. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Xbox chief admits Microsoft has ‘a ton of work to do on Windows’ for PC gamers," 11 Nov. 2018 That has been the loud and clear message of many Democratic candidates. Mary Jordan, The Seattle Times, "Record number of women appear headed for Congress," 6 Nov. 2018 This morning's chilly New York City temps screamed one thing loud and clear to me: Winter is coming. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The One Thing You Should Always Do To Your Driveway Before Winter Hits," 18 Oct. 2018 After watching all of the celebrity arrivals, Willemen and her son listened to the ceremony through a loud speaker. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "A Guest at Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Reveals What You Didn't See On Camera," 12 Oct. 2018 The loud design is an effective way to help people understand an unfamiliar technology, and an intriguing direction for self-driving car development. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Drive.ai’s self-driving vans are flashy by design," 2 Aug. 2018 Mitchell would like to make the message loud and clear using her platform that braids are more than just a protective style. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Model Salem Mitchell Is Sick of Black Women's Hairstyles Being Labeled "Ghetto"," 13 July 2018 Kerry Taylor, Phoenix Arcadia Arcadia ruffled feathers at 7-on-7 tournaments in June, but Taylor's personality was heard loud and clear. Richard Obert, azcentral, "10 new Arizona high school football coaches who could make an immediate impact," 10 July 2018 Their voices could consistently be heard loud and clear across Cox Pavilion during Milwaukee's summer-league opener Friday against the Detroit Pistons. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D.J. Wilson, Sterling Brown embrace new role in summer league," 7 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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