Definitions

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

  • adjective Characterized by high volume and intensity. Used of sound.
  • adjective Producing sound of high volume and intensity.
  • adjective Clamorous and insistent.
  • adjective Having strikingly bright colors: cross-reference: garish.
  • adjective Having a very strong or overpowering odor.
  • adverb In a loud manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Loudly; noisily.
  • 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.

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

  • adverb With loudness; loudly.
  • adjective Having, making, or being a strong or great sound; noisy; striking the ear with great force
  • adjective Clamorous; boisterous.
  • adjective colloq. Emphatic; impressive; urgent.
  • adjective Slang Ostentatious; likely to attract attention; gaudy

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

  • adjective of a sound Of great intensity.
  • adjective of a person, etc Noisy.
  • adjective of a person, etc Not subtle or reserved, brash.
  • adjective of clothing, etc Having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns.
  • adverb Loudly.

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

  • adverb with relatively high volume
  • adjective characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity
  • adjective used chiefly as a direction or description in music
  • adjective tastelessly showy

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English hlūd; see kleu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

  • By the end of the night, he is wearing more beer than he drank and he's loud loud_ loud_.

    Drowned In Sound // Feed

  • My longing for Shrimp—say his name loud and proud—increased exponentially the longer I made out with Luis.

    Gingerbread

  • My longing for Shrimp—say his name loud and proud—increased exponentially the longer I made out with Luis.

    Gingerbread

  • But it is found most often in the people who stand outside what he calls the loud world.

    William Faulkner, 1897-1962: He Was America’s Greatest Southern Writer

  • But it is found most often in the people who stand outside what he calls the loud world.

    William Faulkner, 1897-1962: He Was America’s Greatest Southern Writer

  • He went back to watching television and within a minute, less than a minute, he heard an impact, felt an impact and heard what he called a loud shot.

    CNN Transcript Oct 26, 2002

  • Gertie asked in a hoarse, guttural voice, choked like that of a swimmer just risen free of a crushing wave, her glance still searching the living room as she repeated “Huh?” the word loud, as if between her and Mrs. Anderson there were long distances filled with walls and waves of tumultuous sound through which voices could not carry.

    The Dollmaker

  • Mrs. Thorne was what I call a loud woman; her voice was loud, and she was full of words, and rather inquisitive on the subject of her neighbors.

    Esther : a book for girls

  • On the other hand, at Chiesi's sentencing, Holwell gave Wall Street what he called a "loud and clear" warning that people who commit insider trading will be caught, and if convicted, will go to prison.

    Reuters: Top News

  • A resident of the house in question, Maitland Cassia, identified himself as a member of Anti-Racist Action, and said he was jolted out of bed by what he described as a loud

    Progressive Bloggers

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