\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Matt was a big man with an enormous heart, a loud laugh, and a generous spirit. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Longtime metro Detroit chef Matt Prentice dies at 62," 8 Apr. 2021 Pep rallies are supposed to be joyful, loud and unabashed. Levi Pulkkinen, USA TODAY, "Suspensions, handcuffs, jail — middle school discipline falls heavily on vulnerable kids," 8 Apr. 2021 Sin is not given up as much as atoned for — and excused — through loud confessionals. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Wealthy and Woke," 8 Apr. 2021 For the next runner, Gorman nudged me and bellowed a loud and preemptive hello. Doreen St. Félix, Vogue, "The Rise and Rise of Amanda Gorman," 7 Apr. 2021 Matt Chapman welcomed him with a loud leadoff single and scored the tying run on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice fly. Los Angeles Times, "Kenley Jansen blows save and Dodgers lose to Athletics in 10 innings," 7 Apr. 2021 The roughly 90-second video, posted to YouTube on April 5, shows two alligators on the grass, very close to a body of water — and one of them is making a loud growling sound. Chris Perkins, sun-sentinel.com, "Gators roll around Florida backyard. And it’s caught on video.," 7 Apr. 2021 Some users reported a loud humming after installation; however, this can be corrected by running the fan for 24 hours afterwards. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Ceiling Fans for Silent, Powerful Airflow," 6 Apr. 2021 The fans at Great American Ball Park had a loud cheer for Castellanos every time his name was called over the public address, and the home run cheer was the loudest. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "'He has been carrying us': Nick Castellanos adds a go-ahead homer as the Reds beat Pirates," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Loud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loud. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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