\ 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 Under questioning by prosecutor Steve Schleicher, Stiger acknowledged that loud noise and name calling can be distracting but said that Chauvin, a 19-year-veteran of the force, had had sufficient training to prepare himself for distractions. NBC News, "Derek Chauvin trial: Live updates on George Floyd's death," 6 Apr. 2021 Some dogs with a weaker prey drive or less desire to play with these types of toys may find the loud noise frightening. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, "Why Do Dogs Like Squeaky Toys?," 2 Apr. 2021 On Tuesday, a Southwest Side home improvement contractor testified that a loud noise woke him in the middle of a night in September 2019. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "First Cook County jury to hear a case after court closures for COVID-19 finds man guilty of burglary," 24 Mar. 2021 The energy was real and the noise relatively loud as Rick Pitino’s team made things interesting before falling 68-55. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What it was like attending Alabama’s NCAA tournament win in Hinkle Fieldhouse," 21 Mar. 2021 Safe From Hate has donated 3,000 handheld alarms that emit an extremely loud noise to shock and disorient attackers while calling attention from bystanders and law enforcement officials. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "This group is giving personal alarms to Asian Americans to protect them from violence," 20 Mar. 2021 The bullets struck and injured 23-year-old Jared Fyle, who told investigators the loud noise captured by officers' body cameras was caused by him kicking shut and locking the door. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Judge upholds charges against Duluth police officer who shot unarmed man," 15 Mar. 2021 An avalanche only gets triggered by a loud noise in the movies, according to the Utah Avalanche Center — but human activity is often the culprit. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, "This Very, Very Deadly Avalanche Season Ain’t Over Yet," 11 Mar. 2021 In one of his studies, kids who played both cartoonish and realistic violent videogames were more likely to want to blast an opponent with a loud noise. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Violent Videogames Aren’t Ruining Your Kids—but It’s Good to Discuss Them," 6 Feb. 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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5 May 2021

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“Loud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loud. Accessed 16 May. 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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