Definition of loud in English:

loud

adjective

  • 1Producing or capable of producing much noise.

    ‘they were kept awake by loud music’
    ‘his voice is loud and challenging’
    • ‘She reports that during the intervening period, she began to hear an uncomfortable noise, a loud ringing or buzzing.’
    • ‘Most municipalities also have laws to deal with hearing hazards such as car alarms, loud music and construction noise.’
    • ‘He was amazed at how the voice carried over the pounding music and loud voices, until he saw who it was.’
    • ‘It was a small house, but boomed with loud music and voices.’
    • ‘As you walk into the space there is the loud noise of undifferentiated voices.’
    • ‘There was a loud booming noise that sounded like a gas tank exploding in the condo unit below.’
    • ‘There was a loud banging at the door, it sounded like the cops.’
    • ‘Last week she stayed put in her room, while the clatter of spoons and dishes, the noise of loud music and the drone of air coolers from the ground floor below made her restless.’
    • ‘For a few moments there was an awkward silence, only tainted by the loud music and screaming voices coming from the other rooms.’
    • ‘His footsteps made loud thuds as he walked around the kitchen's ceramic floor.’
    • ‘Gales of wind rapped against the windows, making extremely loud noises.’
    • ‘Harsh voices followed after the loud noise and Gabrielle quickly, fearfully pulled her shoes back on and unlocked her stall.’
    • ‘This is a well done sound mix that utilizes the front and rear speakers often, though it's mostly with background noises and loud music.’
    • ‘"There was a big roll of thunder and a very, very loud bang.’
    • ‘A cranky old man who scolds children for making noise violates with his loud voice the very quietness he upholds.’
    • ‘Suddenly, there were quite a few very loud bangs on the door.’
    • ‘He opened his mouth to answer but was cut short by a loud booming noise.’
    • ‘Stress-induced destructive behavior may also result from a phobia to thunderstorms or other loud noises.’
    • ‘Science is showing that these booming sounds and other loud noises are harming and even killing marine life.’
    • ‘Suddenly she heard a loud noise similar to thunder.’
    noisy, blaring, booming, deafening, roaring, thunderous, thundering, tumultuous, clamorous, blasting, head-splitting, ear-splitting, ear-piercing, piercing
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    1. 1.1 Strong or emphatic in expression.
      ‘there were loud protests from the lumber barons’
      • ‘If Peter were alive today, would I be so loud and insistent in demanding he step down?’
      • ‘It was a loud protest, and I held my placard high and proud, walking with some people who I knew merely from protests.’
      • ‘She motioned for them to exit, but there were loud protests from the three girls.’
      • ‘Unsurprisingly loud protests by veterans of the uprising blocked it.’
      • ‘The Employees Union organized scores of small but loud protests around the province.’
      • ‘While a U.S. consultant has never been killed, there have been loud protests and death threats against some.’
      • ‘However loud protests have been heard from the churches and organisations or individuals close to them.’
      • ‘Mathis takes her hand again, despite sudden loud and energetic protests on Morgan's part.’
      • ‘Pensioners were close to being thrown out of County Hall for their loud protests against plans to privatise care homes.’
      • ‘Ignoring the loud protests he shielded his face with an arm and burst into the burning hut.’
      • ‘Martina had been stereotyped as the tough one, sporty, strong and loud.’
      • ‘But in the eighteenth century, despite loud protests from the privileged urban guilds, the trickle became a flood.’
      • ‘Finally they left the chamber, voicing loud protest.’
      • ‘Emily heard Adam repeat this to Jake and heard loud protests from him.’
      • ‘The film drew loud protests when it was being shot in Guinea due to the same-sex relationship which formed the story's basis.’
      • ‘My mother named him after ‘Bagheera’ in Disney's The Jungle Book, with loud protests from my dad.’
      • ‘He started walking, apparently ignoring Ron's loud, angry protests, incoherent from within the shop.’
      • ‘Safe to say we won't see that, although I'm sure there will be some very loud protests by both Parties in the near future.’
      • ‘The rise in interest rates in the first week of March was the second in four months and brought loud protests from politicians.’
      vociferous, clamorous, insistent, vehement, emphatic, urgent, importunate, demanding
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    2. 1.2 Vulgarly obtrusive; flashy.
      ‘a man in a loud checked suit’
      • ‘The Beating Bowel Cancer charity is asking men to wear loud, flamboyant ties and women to wear weird and wonderful scarves or ties in exchange for making donations.’
      • ‘I'm not saying children's entertainment has to be loud, flashy, and percussive - far from it.’
      • ‘The dining-room, opposite, was equally loud and gaudy - mirrors everywhere, and a vast chandelier over the dining room table.’
      • ‘I noticed he was dressed in formality that night, forgoing his wonted loud, showy colors I normally saw him in.’
      • ‘Terry, a big man in a rather loud suit, is openly debating whether to sign up now.’
      • ‘On it was a photograph of an older man dressed in a loud red plaid suit, gesturing with his thumb up.’
      • ‘The patterning is loud and garish but totally aesthetic, and functions as much as designer camouflage as an integrating device.’
      • ‘One MI5 officer who was supposed to be running agents against the KGB ‘favoured rather loud tweed suits and a monocle’.’
      • ‘Picture the scene: scores of wiseguys in muscle shirts, women with big hair and spiked heels and men in loud suits who should be carrying machine guns.’
      • ‘He was smiling and waving at the onlookers, wearing a shabby business suit with an exceptionally loud tie.’
      • ‘In very loud and vulgar, descriptive terms, I told him what exactly he could do with his encore.’
      • ‘This is more like early Almodóvar, outrageous, flashy fun, often with screamingly loud colour schemes, but a bit hard to get involved in.’
      • ‘‘Soft greens, creams and blues are much more effective than loud, strong colours,’ is his advice.’
      • ‘He was a big part of the social scene, was involved in society races at the yacht club, and lived in an ostentatious, loud manner replete with several bodyguards.’
      • ‘In Britain, the movie has been ripped apart by critics as ‘too loud and garish’.’
      • ‘Recently turned 50, John had his birthday presents to show off - a characteristically loud tartan suit and a beautiful shiny steel mandolin.’
      • ‘Going out in public with him is uncomfortable because his clothes are sometimes loud, garish, or out of style.’
      • ‘He's not loud and flashy, and he doesn't call a lot of attention to himself.’
      • ‘Charlene was acting differently to how she acted at school, she was being loud and vulgar, speaking her mind on anything and everything.’
      • ‘The loud, the abusive, the vulgar have demolished the restraints and the manners which heretofore governed public discourse.’
      garish, gaudy, flashy, bold, flamboyant, lurid, glaring, showy, ostentatious, obtrusive
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adverb

  • With a great deal of volume.

    ‘they shouted as loud as they could’
    • ‘From now on we'll be shouting loud and clear on your behalf and demanding to know who these people are.’
    • ‘Citizens, visitors and businesses complained loud and long.’
    • ‘Starting out with breakneck speed and the chaos it inspired, they played hard and loud with an abrasive, trebly sound that went straight for your jaw muscles.’
    • ‘He stood up and shouted out loud enough for everyone in the place to hear.’
    • ‘I yelled loud enough to wake the dead.’
    • ‘I shouted so loud I was sure the whole town could hear me.’
    • ‘I am new to Linux, so please don't laugh too loud at my question.’
    • ‘I think I wanted to remind myself and anyone who might be reading this to hold on to what you believe in no matter how loud the other kids are shouting.’
    • ‘Of course, it's not easy to tackle persistent offending, but authoritarianism will never work - no matter how loud our politicians shout.’
    • ‘‘I was with one guy who was screaming so loud it was scary,’ laughs one woman.’
    • ‘In fact my little boy is shouting so loud for me that the race commentator mentioned him a few times, and is getting lots of laughs out of the spectators.’
    • ‘But I do not recommend singing it too loud if your windows are open.’
    • ‘As I flew away I heard his laughter, it rang so loud and clear.’
    • ‘Going faster and faster she held her head and screamed loud enough to wake the dead.’
    • ‘No matter how loud he shouted no one seemed to hear him.’
    • ‘The volume of the chatter grew so loud it woke me.’
    • ‘"Come with me, " she whispered barely loud enough to hear.’
    • ‘I shall say this loud and clear then: I am not anonymous!’

Phrases

  • loud and clear

    • In a way that reduces or avoids confusion or misunderstanding.

      ‘hopefully my point came across loud and clear’
      • ‘The professionalism of the office comes through loud and clear, as does the commitment to excellence.’
      • ‘More than a decade of frustration came through loud and clear at this morning's launch.’
      • ‘The manager's message was loud and clear.’
      • ‘In the past few years, politicians seem to have gotten that message loud and clear, and we're beginning to see positive results from that.’
      • ‘I assume his voice will be coming out loud and clear in this debate today.’
      • ‘The author's enthusiasm and infectious desire to communicate his ideas comes across loud and clear.’
      • ‘The message is loud and clear that feelings of anxiety, despair and depression are common and treatable.’
      • ‘We heard loud and clear from broadcasters, advertisers and viewers that they didn't see any benefits in an increase in overall advertising.’
  • out loud

    • Aloud; audibly.

      ‘she laughed out loud’
      • ‘It is a moment so bloated and overblown, there is nothing to do but laugh out loud.’
      • ‘He started reading one out loud so Tristan would hear him in the hallway.’
      • ‘You read a book that will make you laugh out loud and make you feel good.’
      • ‘There are pieces in there that cause me to laugh out loud and that can only be a good thing.’
      • ‘I did have a text-message from a female friend last night which made me laugh out loud.’
      • ‘"There is something sad in a sunset, " she mused out loud.’
      • ‘I read it out loud in my room.’
      • ‘For the first time in a long while I actually went to see a play billed as a comedy that made me laugh out loud.’
      • ‘We laughed out loud at this, which is more than we can say about the film.’
      • ‘I groaned out loud again, kicking against the floor with my good leg.’
      • ‘This is the book of Shakespeare criticism which really made me think anew and laugh out loud.’
      • ‘I just saw this for the first time, and I actually laughed out loud several times.’
      • ‘I have to admit I laughed out loud, harder than I have for a long time. It was priceless.’
      • ‘I sometimes learn my lines on public transport muttering them out loud to myself.’
      • ‘I laughed out loud when I read it, yet at the same time it makes me just a teeny little bit uncomfortable.’
      • ‘Sometimes it can help to read answers out loud as you can actually hear the mistakes made.’
      • ‘' I didn't know you wore glasses… ' I mused out loud.’
      • ‘I watched it with a huge grin on my face throughout, and indeed laughed out loud at the naive sweetness of it.’
      • ‘There are plenty of gags, but few that are likely to make you laugh out loud.’
      • ‘She forcefully turned her face away and the two young men laughed out loud.’
      audibly, out loud, for all to hear, clearly, distinctly, plainly, intelligibly
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Origin

Old English hlūd, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch luid, German laut, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘hear’, shared by Greek kluein ‘hear’, klutos ‘famous’ and Latin cluere ‘be famous’.

Pronunciation

loud

/laʊd/