adjective, louder, loudest.
(of sound) strongly audible; having exceptional volume or intensity: loud talking; loud thunder; loud whispers.
making, emitting, or uttering strongly audible sounds: a quartet of loud trombones.
clamorous, vociferous, or blatant; noisy: a loud party; a loud demonstration.
emphatic or insistent: to be loud in one's praises; a loud denial.
garish, conspicuous, or ostentatious, as colors, dress, or the wearer of garish dress: loud ties; a loud dresser.
obtrusively vulgar, as manners or persons.
strong or offensive in smell.
in a loud manner; loudly: Don't talk so loud.
out loud, aloud; audibly: I thought it, but I never said it out loud. Just whisper, don't speak out loud.

before 900; Middle English; Old English hlūd; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon hlūd (Dutch luid), Old High German hlūt (German laut); akin to Greek klytós famous

loudly, adverb
loudness, noun
overloud, adjective
overloudly, adverb
overloudness, noun
unloudly, adjective

1. resounding; deafening; stentorian. Loud, noisy describe a strongly audible sound or sounds. Loud means characterized by a full, powerful sound or sounds, which make a strong impression on the organs of hearing: a loud voice, laugh, report. Noisy refers to a series of sounds, and suggests clamor and discordance, or persistence in making loud sounds that are disturbing and annoying: a noisy crowd. 5. gaudy, flashy, showy.

1. quiet.
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loud (laʊd)
1.  (of sound) relatively great in volume: a loud shout
2.  making or able to make sounds of relatively great volume: a loud voice
3.  clamorous, insistent, and emphatic: loud protests
4.  (of colours, designs, etc) offensive or obtrusive to look at
5.  characterized by noisy, vulgar, and offensive behaviour
6.  in a loud manner
7.  out loud audibly, as distinct from silently
[Old English hlud; related to Old Swedish hlūd, German laut]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hlud "making noise, sonorous," from W.Gmc. *khluthaz "heard" (cf. O.Fris. hlud, M.Du. luut, Du. luid, O.H.G. hlut, Ger. laut "loud"), from PIE pp. *klutos- (cf. Skt. srutah, Gk. klytos "heard of, celebrated," Arm. lu "known," Welsh clod "praise"), from base *kleu- "to hear" (see
listen). The adv. is from O.E. hlude, from P.Gmc. *khludai. Application to colors first recorded 1849. Loudmouth (n.) first recorded 1934. Loudspeaker is from 1884.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with loud, also see actions speak louder than words; big (loud) mouth; for crying out loud; out loud; think aloud; (loud enough) to wake the dead.

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Example sentences
The current method of summoning help involve speakers constantly blaring loud
  beeping sound both day and night.
The best way to muzzle a loud talker in the workplace is to discuss the problem
Cut, practice reading out loud for time, then cut again.
Loud bird song is far more pleasant than equally loud beeping.
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