from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by high volume and intensity. Used of sound.
- adj. Producing sound of high volume and intensity.
- adj. Clamorous and insistent: loud denials.
- adj. Having offensively bright colors: a loud necktie.
- adj. Having an offensively strong odor.
- adj. Offensive in manner.
- adv. In a loud manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of great intensity.
- adj. Noisy.
- adj. Not subtle or reserved, brash.
- adj. Having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns.
- adv. Loudly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having, making, or being a strong or great sound; noisy; striking the ear with great force
- adj. Clamorous; boisterous.
- adj. Emphatic; impressive; urgent.
- adj. Ostentatious; likely to attract attention; gaudy
- adv. With loudness; loudly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Strong or powerful in sound; high-sounding; noisy: as, a loud cry; loud thunder.
- Uttering or emitting a great noise; giving out a strong sound: as, loud instruments.
- Speaking with energy or enthusiasm; vehement; clamorous; noisy.
- High; boisterous; stormy; turbulent.
- Urgent or pressing; crying: as, a loud call for reform.
- Ostentatious; pompous: pretentious; boastful.
- Flashy; showy; overloaded with ornament or colors, as a garment or a work of art; conspicuous in manner or appearance; vulgar; overdone.
- Strong in smell; of evil odor.
- Synonyms and Resounding, vociferous.
- Loudly; noisily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. with relatively high volume
- adj. characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity
- adj. used chiefly as a direction or description in music
- adj. tastelessly showy
Middle English, from Old English hlūd; see kleu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English loud, lud, from Old English hlūd ("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 լու (lu, "the act of hearing"), Old Church Slavonic слава (slava, "glory"), слово (slovo, "word"), Sanskrit श्रव (śráva, "glory"). More at listen. (Wiktionary)