: marked by intensity or volume of sound
loud music
: producing a loud sound
the marten was loud beside themDavid Walker
: clamorous, noisy
a loud crowd of people
: obtrusive or offensive in appearance or smell : obnoxious
the loudest pinstripe suit in historyJohn O'Reilly
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of loud was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Loud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loud. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: marked by a high volume of sound
: producing a loud sound
: unpleasantly bold or bright in color or pattern
a loud plaid
loud adverb
loudly adverb
loudness noun

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