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[loud] /laʊd/
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.
Origin of 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
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for out loud
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  • What does she do but say out loud just as my wife was coming into the room, 'You keep your 'ands off of me, Mr. Aching!'

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • "And you'll take a bite of something before you start, ma'am," she said, out loud.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • He teased Leila and wrote poetry on the fly-specked dinner card, reading it out loud to her, reveling in her lovely confusion.

    Contrary Mary Temple Bailey
  • “I was almost forgetting,” she said out loud, but to no one.

  • "The long turns, they're not so bad," I say out loud, and stumble the same second on the stairs.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
British Dictionary definitions for out loud


(of sound) relatively great in volume: a loud shout
making or able to make sounds of relatively great volume: a loud voice
clamorous, insistent, and emphatic: loud protests
(of colours, designs, etc) offensive or obtrusive to look at
characterized by noisy, vulgar, and offensive behaviour
in a loud manner
out loud, audibly, as distinct from silently
Derived Forms
loudly, adverb
loudness, noun
Word Origin
Old English hlud; related to Old Swedish hlūd, German laut
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Word Origin and History for out loud



Old English hlud "noisy, making noise, sonorous," from West Germanic *khluthaz "heard" (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon hlud, Middle Dutch luut, Dutch luid, Old High German hlut, German laut "loud"), from PIE past participle *klutos- (cf. Sanskrit srutah, Greek klytos "heard of, celebrated," Armenian lu "known," Welsh clod "praise"), from root *kleu- "to hear" (see listen).

Application to colors first recorded 1849. The adverb is from Old English hlude, from Proto-Germanic *khludai (cf. Dutch luid, German laut). Paired with clear since at least c.1650.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for out loud

out loud

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for crying out loud



Vulgar and gaudy in taste; garish: Isn't his dress rather loud? (1849+)

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for crying out loud, read someone loud and clear

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with out loud

out loud

Audibly, aloud, as in I sometimes find myself reading the paper out loud , or That movie was hilarious; the whole audience was laughing out loud . First recorded in 1821, this synonym for aloud was once criticized as too colloquial for formal writing, but this view is no longer widespread. Moreover, aloud is rarely used with verbs like laugh and cry . Also see for crying out loud
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