Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb With use of the voice; orally.
  • adverb In a loud tone; loudly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With a loud voice or great noise; loudly.
  • Audibly; with the natural tone of the voice as distinguished from whispering: as, he has a severe cold and can hardly speak aloud.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb With a loud voice, or great noise; loudly; audibly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb With a loud voice, or great noise; loudly; audibly.
  • adverb Audibly, as opposed to silent, as in speaking aloud rather than thinking thoughts privately.
  • adjective Spoken out loud.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb using the voice; not silently
  • adverb with relatively high volume

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English aloud, a loude ("aloud"), equivalent to a- +‎ loud or a- +‎ loude (“sound”).

Examples

  • While it is the sheer physicality of Mr. Hurt's performance that impresses most—he totters about the stage with the squeaky-shoed grace of the music-hall clowns that Beckett loved—you will be no less stunned by the sound of his creaky, rusty voice, which suggests a hermit who never has occasion to speak a word aloud for months at a time.

    The End Of the Line

  • Then he would say his name aloud and remind her a man did not choose his name.

    Where Alligators Sleep

  • My mother kept the home fires burning, though Thailand, like Vietnam, is so miserably hot that just saying the phrase aloud makes me sweaty.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • Saying her name aloud brought everything back in a rush.

    Game For Anything

  • My mother kept the home fires burning, though Thailand, like Vietnam, is so miserably hot that just saying the phrase aloud makes me sweaty.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • My mother kept the home fires burning, though Thailand, like Vietnam, is so miserably hot that just saying the phrase aloud makes me sweaty.

    Beginner’s Grace

  • My mother had never even said the word aloud to me, always just calling it “the facility.”

    Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

  • My mother had never even said the word aloud to me, always just calling it “the facility.”

    Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

  • She was still out, although no one had said a word about her empty chair at the dinner table, as if saying her name aloud would make her absence more real.

    Blue Nude

  • He whispered her name aloud in the dark room, and closed his eyes, trying to imagine what the rest of his life would be without her in it.

    Voices Carry

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