- The definition of loud is having a high volume or intensity.
An example of something loud is music that can be heard three houses down the street.
- striking with force on the organs of hearing; strongly audible: said of sound
- making a sound or sounds of great intensity: a loud bell
- clamorous; emphatic; insistent: loud denials
- Informal too vivid; flashy
- Informal unrefined; vulgar
- Dialectal strong or offensive, as in smell
Origin of loudMiddle English ; from Old English hlud, akin to German laut ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leu-, to hear, listen from source Classical Latin cluere, to be spoken of, esteemed
- Characterized by high volume and intensity. Used of sound: a loud whistle.
- Producing sound of high volume and intensity: a loud construction work site.
- Clamorous and insistent: loud denials.
- a. Having strikingly bright colors: a loud necktie. See garish.b. Having a very strong or overpowering odor.
Origin of loudMiddle English, from Old English hlūd; see kleu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative louder, superlative loudest)
- (of a sound) Of great intensity.
- Turn that music down; it's too loud.
- (of a person, thing, event, etc.) Noisy.
- a loud party that went on all night
- (of a person, event, etc.) Not subtle or reserved, brash.
- (of clothing, decorations, etc.) Having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns; gaudy.
- a loud style of dress; loud colors
(comparative more loud, superlative most loud)
From Middle English loud, lud, from Old English hlÅ«d (â€œloud, noisy, sounding, sonorousâ€), from Proto-Germanic *hlÅ«Ã¾az (â€œheardâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±lewtos (â€œheard, famousâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±lew- (â€œto hearâ€). Akin to Scots loud, lowd (â€œloudâ€), West Frisian lÃ»d (â€œloudâ€), Dutch luid (â€œloudâ€), Low German lud (â€œloudâ€), German laut (â€œloudâ€), Irish clÃº (â€œreputeâ€), Welsh clywed (â€œheardâ€), clod (â€œpraiseâ€), Latin inclutus (â€œfamousâ€), Tocharian A/B klots/klautso 'ear', klyostÃ¤r 'heard', Ancient Greek ÎºÎ»Ï…Ï„ÏŒÏ‚ (klÃºtÃ³s, â€œfamousâ€), Albanian quaj (â€œto name, callâ€), shquar (â€œfamous, notoriousâ€), Old Armenian Õ¬Õ¸Ö‚ (lu, â€œthe act of hearingâ€), Old Church Slavonic ÑÐ»Ð°Ð²Ð° (slava, â€œgloryâ€), ÑÐ»Ð¾Ð²Ð¾ (slovo, â€œwordâ€), Sanskrit à¤¶à¥à¤°à¤µ (Å›rÃ¡va, â€œgloryâ€). More at listen.
- A surnameâ€‹.