A loud Hawaiian shirt.
A loud whistle.
An example of something loud is music that can be heard three houses down the street.
A loud necktie.
A loud party that went on all night.
A loud bell.
A loud construction work site.
- with the normal voice; not silently; aloud
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Origin of loud
- Middle English from Old English hlūd kleu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English loud, lud, from Old English hlÅ«d (“loud, noisy, sounding, sonorous"), from Proto-Germanic *hlūþaz (“heard"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlewtos (“heard, famous"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlew- (“to hear"). Akin to Scots loud, lowd (“loud"), West Frisian lûd (“loud"), Dutch luid (“loud"), Low German lud (“loud"), German laut (“loud"), Irish clú (“repute"), Welsh clywed (“heard"), clod (“praise"), Latin inclutus (“famous"), Tocharian A/B klots/klautso 'ear', klyostär 'heard', Ancient Greek κλυτός (klútós, “famous"), Albanian quaj (“to name, call"), shquar (“famous, notorious"), Old Armenian Õ¬Õ¸Ö‚ (lu, “the act of hearing"), Old Church Slavonic слава (slava, “glory"), слово (slovo, “word"), Sanskrit श्रव (Å›ráva, “glory"). More at listen.