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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A pill or tablet containing methaqualone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Sound, noise, clamor
  • n. A pill containing the drug methaqualone
  • n. A model of car

Etymologies

Short for Quaalude.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lude ("noise, clamor, sound"), from Old English hlȳd ("noise, sound, tumult, disturbance, dissension"), from Proto-Germanic *hlūdijō (“sound”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlewe- (“to hear”). Cognate with Scots lood, luid ("sound, noise, tone, voice"), Dutch geluid ("sound"), German Laut ("sound"), Swedish ljud ("sound"), Icelandic hljóð ("sound"). (Wiktionary)
From Quaalude™ (Wiktionary)
From Prelude™ (Wiktionary)

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  • From Middle English lude (“noise, clamor, sound”), from Old English hlȳd (“noise, sound, tumult, disturbance, dissension”), from Proto-Germanic *hlūdijō (“sound”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlewe- (“to hear”).

    Cognate with Scots lood, luid (“sound, noise, tone, voice”), Dutch geluid (“sound”), German Laut (“sound”), Swedish ljud (“sound”), Icelandic hljóð (“sound”).

    lude (n), (plural luden)
    *** Sound, noise, clamor
    - Þa hunten wenden æfter mid muchelen heora *lude*. — Layamon's Brut
    - Þa *luden* heo iherden of þan Rom-leoden. — Layamon's Brut

    November 22, 2011