\ 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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The music was loud, but the group of approximately 30 all stopped and looked at each other. Anchorage Daily News, "At least 20 hurt in explosion at South Florida shopping center," 6 July 2019 Perhaps sitting through a ride where your only decision is how loud to scream isn’t for you — or your offspring. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 The remarks were followed by loud applause, including from several of the 10 candidates on stage. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Harris challenging Biden on race and Castro blasting Beto on immigration: These are the top moments from the Democratic debates," 28 June 2019 The music was so loud that conversation was virtually impossible, but Thomas Hoffman, a seventy-five-year-old lawyer, was not in a rush to leave. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "Tiffany Cabán Upends Politics As Usual in Queens," 26 June 2019 The fervent or militant resistors are very loud on social media and other forums. Alex Whiting, Quartz, "How France is convincing its citizens to get vaccinated," 26 June 2019 Taking into account the nearby I-805 and Route 54, city staff noted that the ambient noise is already loud. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Plans for Starbucks in National City move ahead," 24 June 2019 The loudest applause came for Malik Miyake-Mugler, who won the competition and a trophy that was twice the size of him. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Competition Was Fierce at The Met’s Vogueing Battle—Judged by Anna Wintour, Jose Xtravaganza, Jordan Roth, and More," 12 June 2019 Altuve received loud applause after blasting a handful of home runs during batting practice – on a day when fans received 15,000 replica Altuve jerseys upon entrance to Minute Maid Park. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Astros injury report: José Altuve continues to progress," 8 June 2019

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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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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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