loud

play
adjective \ˈlau̇d\

Definition of loud

  1. 1 a :  marked by intensity or volume of sound b :  producing a loud sound

  2. 2 :  clamorous, noisy

  3. 3 :  obtrusive or offensive in appearance or smell :  obnoxious

loud

adverb

loudly

adverb

Examples of loud in a sentence

  1. She complained in a loud voice.

  2. Is the television loud enough? It's too loud!

  3. He's known for being loud and aggressive.

Origin and Etymology of loud

Middle English, from Old English hlūd; akin to Old High German hlūt loud, Latin inclutus famous, Greek klytos, Sanskrit śṛṇoti he hears


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.


LOUD Defined for English Language Learners

loud

play
adjective \ˈlau̇d\

Definition of loud for English Language Learners

  • : 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


LOUD Defined for Kids

1

loud

play
adjective \ˈlau̇d\

Definition of loud for Students

louder

loudest

  1. 1 :  not low, soft, or quiet in sound :  noisy <loud music>

  2. 2 :  not quiet or calm in expression <a loud complaint>

  3. 3 :  too bright or showy to be pleasing <loud clothes>

loudly

adverb

loudness

noun

2

loud

play
adverb

Definition of loud for Students

  1. :  in a loud manner <Don't talk so loud!>



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up loud? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to trick or confuse (someone)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ