\ 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 Luke Amphlett is a high school teacher in San Antonio ISD and has been a loud voice in the fight for teacher and student safety amid the pandemic. Andres Picon, ExpressNews.com, "‘Uncharted territory’ — San Antonio teachers overwhelmed with pandemic challenges," 27 Dec. 2020 Many of those leaving San Francisco are loud about their grievances and reasons. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "What are your top business predictions for 2021?," 16 Dec. 2020 At 250-decibels, airgun blasts are louder than the detonation of a pound of dynamite, and nearly two times as loud as the Superdome on game day. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Trump administration allows wider use of seismic blasting in Gulf of Mexico despite harm to whales, other animals," 14 Dec. 2020 But to his most dedicated supporters, the president’s megaphone is as loud as ever. Anchorage Daily News, "Tensions flare, stabbings reported in Washington, D.C., as Proud Boys clash with anti-Trump demonstrators," 13 Dec. 2020 But to his most dedicated supporters, his megaphone is as loud as ever. Washington Post, "Pro-Trump demonstrators gather Saturday in Washington," 10 Dec. 2020 My mother, an Italian American woman with a loud voice who did things her way and her way only, didn’t listen to the doctor. Taylor Goebel, USA TODAY, "My brother has daily seizures. COVID-19 restrictions are making him sicker.," 29 Nov. 2020 Cher took up Kaavan’s cause and has been a loud voice advocating for his resettlement. Kathy Gannon, chicagotribune.com, "Cher in Pakistan to help ‘world’s loneliest elephant’," 27 Nov. 2020 There are a few out there that actually just as loud as big brother. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Rise of the Sub-Gauges: Why Small-Bore Shotguns Are Making a Comeback," 5 Nov. 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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Loud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loud. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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



Kids Definition of loud (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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