\ 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web This intense anxiety caused by loud noises is the result of evolution. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Reason So Many Dogs Are Afraid of Fireworks," 30 June 2020 Responding to guests’ complaints at the Extended Stay North about lots of kids in the parking lot being loud and having already been asked to leave late on June 16, police dispersed the crowd without incident. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Unruly diners flee after jumping on counter, making threats at Wendy’s: Orange Police Blotter," 19 June 2020 The whisper of the old man at the table adjacent to the Nady family was loud. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "The story of Max Nady, and how his father Scott Nady is teaching him and learning all at the same time," 19 June 2020 For one, these marine mammals are very sensitive to loud noises and human presence, and can suffer from health problems such as high blood pressure when being evacuated. National Geographic, "One of world's rarest dolphins rebounding in Pakistan," 18 June 2020 Visitors are asked to avoid flash photography and making loud noises, as well inform others not to approach the sea turtles. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Please refrain from taking selfies with the sea turtles. It's illegal, TIRN says," 17 June 2020 But infants have sensitive ears and should not be exposed to loud noises. Popular Science, "The best gear for protecting your ears," 17 June 2020 Correa Peña said, pointing excitedly, careful not to make loud noises that would disrupt the bird. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "To save a nearly extinct bird, Colombians are rethinking one of their biggest economic engines," 13 June 2020 Oh, was the lame-ass opening band too loud for him? Andrew Martin, The Atlantic, "Deep Cut," 12 June 2020

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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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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Loud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loud. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce loud (audio)

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

loud

adverb

Kids Definition of loud (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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