overloud

loud

[loud]
adjective, louder, loudest.
1.
(of sound) strongly audible; having exceptional volume or intensity: loud talking; loud thunder; loud whispers.
2.
making, emitting, or uttering strongly audible sounds: a quartet of loud trombones.
3.
clamorous, vociferous, or blatant; noisy: a loud party; a loud demonstration.
4.
emphatic or insistent: to be loud in one's praises; a loud denial.
5.
garish, conspicuous, or ostentatious, as colors, dress, or the wearer of garish dress: loud ties; a loud dresser.
6.
obtrusively vulgar, as manners or persons.
7.
strong or offensive in smell.
adverb
8.
in a loud manner; loudly: Don't talk so loud.
Idioms
9.
out loud, aloud; audibly: I thought it, but I never said it out loud. Just whisper, don't speak out loud.

Origin:
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)
 
adj
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
 
adv
6.  in a loud manner
7.  out loud audibly, as distinct from silently
 
[Old English hlud; related to Old Swedish hlūd, German laut]
 
'loudly
 
adv
 
'loudness
 
n

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loud
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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