\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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Frank, what to do about the table of women who say the music is too loud? Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "The last maître d’ is here to serve you from a bygone time," 6 July 2018 The sound of cars, planes, and city bustle (the father and daughter occasionally hike into Portland for supplies) is jarringly loud in the movie’s overall mix, heightening the anxiety anytime Will and Tom are out of their element. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Leave No Trace Is a Shattering, Essential Drama," 28 June 2018 The sound of the collision was so loud that nearby farmers awoke and hurried to see what had happened. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers," 22 June 2018 The crowds were loud, people were pounding drums, and the team’s fan section was electric. National Geographic, "Why the Iceland National Team Has So Many Polish Fans," 14 June 2018 Road traffic is plenty loud, but Hempton says the real problem is jet aircraft. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Olympic National Park Is Home to the Quietest Spot in the Continental U.S.," 11 June 2018 The cheers are louder here, the athletes more warmly embraced. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "One more time for magic to happen in 'historic' Hayward Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 6 June 2018 The voices of the American people aren’t nearly so loud in the halls of Congress. Audrey Gelman, The Cut, "Elizabeth Warren on #MeToo, Anita Hill, and Being Angry," 5 June 2018 Everyone was part of a very big — and extremely loud — happy family on Saturday. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Rockfest at the Kansas Speedway draws 30,000 — a big, loud, happy family," 3 June 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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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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