Loud meaning

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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.

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(of a person, event, etc.) Not subtle or reserved, brash.
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Characterized by high volume and intensity. Used of sound.

A loud whistle.

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(of a sound) Of great intensity.

Turn that music down; it's too loud.

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(of clothing, decorations, etc.) Having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns; gaudy.

A loud style of dress; loud colors.

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Producing sound of high volume and intensity.

A loud construction work site.

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Clamorous and insistent.

Loud denials.

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In a loud manner.
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Striking with force on the organs of hearing; strongly audible.
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Making a sound or sounds of great intensity.

A loud bell.

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Noisy.
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Clamorous; emphatic; insistent.

Loud denials.

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(informal) Too vivid; flashy.

A loud Hawaiian shirt.

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(informal) Unrefined; vulgar.
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(dial.) Strong or offensive, as in smell.
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In a loud manner.
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(of a person, thing, event, etc.) Noisy.

A loud party that went on all night.

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  • with the normal voice; not silently; aloud
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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.

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