Definition of loud in US English:

loud

adjective

  • 1Producing or capable of producing much noise; easily audible.

    ‘they were kept awake by loud music’
    ‘she had a loud voice’
    • ‘He was amazed at how the voice carried over the pounding music and loud voices, until he saw who it was.’
    • ‘Harsh voices followed after the loud noise and Gabrielle quickly, fearfully pulled her shoes back on and unlocked her stall.’
    • ‘It was a small house, but boomed with loud music and voices.’
    • ‘Suddenly she heard a loud noise similar to thunder.’
    • ‘A cranky old man who scolds children for making noise violates with his loud voice the very quietness he upholds.’
    • ‘There was a loud booming noise that sounded like a gas tank exploding in the condo unit below.’
    • ‘Most municipalities also have laws to deal with hearing hazards such as car alarms, loud music and construction noise.’
    • ‘Gales of wind rapped against the windows, making extremely loud noises.’
    • ‘His footsteps made loud thuds as he walked around the kitchen's ceramic floor.’
    • ‘Stress-induced destructive behavior may also result from a phobia to thunderstorms or other loud noises.’
    • ‘Suddenly, there were quite a few very loud bangs on the door.’
    • ‘"There was a big roll of thunder and a very, very loud bang.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Science is showing that these booming sounds and other loud noises are harming and even killing marine life.’
    • ‘For a few moments there was an awkward silence, only tainted by the loud music and screaming voices coming from the other rooms.’
    • ‘He opened his mouth to answer but was cut short by a loud booming noise.’
    • ‘There was a loud banging at the door, it sounded like the cops.’
    • ‘She reports that during the intervening period, she began to hear an uncomfortable noise, a loud ringing or buzzing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you walk into the space there is the loud noise of undifferentiated voices.’
    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’
      • ‘Martina had been stereotyped as the tough one, sporty, strong and loud.’
      • ‘Emily heard Adam repeat this to Jake and heard loud protests from him.’
      • ‘But in the eighteenth century, despite loud protests from the privileged urban guilds, the trickle became a flood.’
      • ‘He started walking, apparently ignoring Ron's loud, angry protests, incoherent from within the shop.’
      • ‘It was a loud protest, and I held my placard high and proud, walking with some people who I knew merely from protests.’
      • ‘While a U.S. consultant has never been killed, there have been loud protests and death threats against some.’
      • ‘If Peter were alive today, would I be so loud and insistent in demanding he step down?’
      • ‘She motioned for them to exit, but there were loud protests from the three girls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally they left the chamber, voicing loud protest.’
      • ‘Pensioners were close to being thrown out of County Hall for their loud protests against plans to privatise care homes.’
      • ‘My mother named him after ‘Bagheera’ in Disney's The Jungle Book, with loud protests from my dad.’
      • ‘The rise in interest rates in the first week of March was the second in four months and brought loud protests from politicians.’
      • ‘The Employees Union organized scores of small but loud protests around the province.’
      • ‘Unsurprisingly loud protests by veterans of the uprising blocked it.’
      • ‘Ignoring the loud protests he shielded his face with an arm and burst into the burning hut.’
      • ‘However loud protests have been heard from the churches and organisations or individuals close to them.’
      • ‘The film drew loud protests when it was being shot in Guinea due to the same-sex relationship which formed the story's basis.’
      • ‘Mathis takes her hand again, despite sudden loud and energetic protests on Morgan's part.’
      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’
      • ‘This is more like early Almodóvar, outrageous, flashy fun, often with screamingly loud colour schemes, but a bit hard to get involved in.’
      • ‘One MI5 officer who was supposed to be running agents against the KGB ‘favoured rather loud tweed suits and a monocle’.’
      • ‘Going out in public with him is uncomfortable because his clothes are sometimes loud, garish, or out of style.’
      • ‘The loud, the abusive, the vulgar have demolished the restraints and the manners which heretofore governed public discourse.’
      • ‘I noticed he was dressed in formality that night, forgoing his wonted loud, showy colors I normally saw him in.’
      • ‘‘Soft greens, creams and blues are much more effective than loud, strong colours,’ is his advice.’
      • ‘Terry, a big man in a rather loud suit, is openly debating whether to sign up now.’
      • ‘In very loud and vulgar, descriptive terms, I told him what exactly he could do with his encore.’
      • ‘I'm not saying children's entertainment has to be loud, flashy, and percussive - far from it.’
      • ‘He's not loud and flashy, and he doesn't call a lot of attention to himself.’
      • ‘Recently turned 50, John had his birthday presents to show off - a characteristically loud tartan suit and a beautiful shiny steel mandolin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dining-room, opposite, was equally loud and gaudy - mirrors everywhere, and a vast chandelier over the dining room table.’
      • ‘Charlene was acting differently to how she acted at school, she was being loud and vulgar, speaking her mind on anything and everything.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Britain, the movie has been ripped apart by critics as ‘too loud and garish’.’
      • ‘He was smiling and waving at the onlookers, wearing a shabby business suit with an exceptionally loud tie.’
      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’
    • ‘No matter how loud he shouted no one seemed to hear him.’
    • ‘I am new to Linux, so please don't laugh too loud at my question.’
    • ‘I shall say this loud and clear then: I am not anonymous!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He stood up and shouted out loud enough for everyone in the place to hear.’
    • ‘From now on we'll be shouting loud and clear on your behalf and demanding to know who these people are.’
    • ‘"Come with me, " she whispered barely loud enough to hear.’
    • ‘As I flew away I heard his laughter, it rang so loud and clear.’
    • ‘Citizens, visitors and businesses complained loud and long.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The volume of the chatter grew so loud it woke me.’
    • ‘Going faster and faster she held her head and screamed loud enough to wake the dead.’
    • ‘I shouted so loud I was sure the whole town could hear me.’
    • ‘‘I was with one guy who was screaming so loud it was scary,’ laughs one woman.’
    • ‘But I do not recommend singing it too loud if your windows are open.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I yelled loud enough to wake the dead.’
    • ‘Of course, it's not easy to tackle persistent offending, but authoritarianism will never work - no matter how loud our politicians shout.’

Phrases

  • out loud

    • Aloud; audibly.

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

/loud//laʊd/