\ 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 Tonight, voters in Kentucky sent a message loud and clear for everyone to hear. Time, "How Republican Gov. Matt Bevin Lost Teachers and Lost Kentucky," 7 Nov. 2019 It won’t be tolerated here and the message is loud and clear. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What Mario Cristobal said amid Oregon’s second bye week," 6 Nov. 2019 Justin has pretty much remained quiet on Selena's new music, but fans think his actions speak louder than words. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Went On a Road Trip Alone and People Think It's Cause of Selena Gomez," 5 Nov. 2019 Last Sunday in Washington, the boos were clearly louder than cheers for the president at Nationals Park for Game 5 between the visiting Houston Astros and hometown Washington Nationals. Fox News, "Trump cheered (and booed) at UFC match in New York City," 3 Nov. 2019 The jury acted as the conscience of the community and spoke loud and clear in its verdict. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "St. Louis Cop Allegedly Told to 'Tone Down Your Gayness' for Promotion Awarded $20M in Lawsuit," 28 Oct. 2019 Boo birds were heard loud and clear at the sparse crowd at Paul Brown Stadium throughout Cincinnati’s 27-17 defeat to a mediocre Jaguars squad. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Searching for a win on the calendar? It might take the Cincinnati Bengals a while," 21 Oct. 2019 The softer of the two still reaches an ear-jarring 117 decibels—louder than most jackhammers. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Watch the world’s loudest bird scream for a mate," 21 Oct. 2019 On opening night, some balance issues between the music and the singers, along with some missed microphone cues, meant not every word came through loud and clear. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "’Once on This Island’ a joyful, energized, cathartic look at the power of love | Review," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for loud

The first known use of loud was before the 12th century

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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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