(of sound) strongly audible; having exceptional volume or intensity:loud talking;loud thunder;loud whispers.
making, emitting, or uttering strongly audible sounds:a quartet of loud trombones.
clamorous, vociferous, or blatant; noisy:a loud party; a loud demonstration.
emphatic or insistent:to be loud in one's praises; a loud denial.
garish, conspicuous, or ostentatious, as colors, dress, or the wearer of garish dress:loud ties; a loud dresser.
obtrusively vulgar, as manners or persons.
strong or offensive in smell.
in a loud manner; loudly:Don't talk so loud.
Idiomsout loud, aloud; audibly:I thought it, but I never said it out loud. Just whisper, don't speak out loud.
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English hlūd; cognate with Old Frisian, Old Saxon hlūd (Dutch luid), Old High German hlūt (German laut); akin to Greek klytós famous
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged resounding; deafening; stentorian. Loud,noisy describe a strongly audible sound or sounds. Loud means characterized by a full, powerful sound or sounds, which make a strong impression on the organs of hearing:a loud voice, laugh, report.Noisy refers to a series of sounds, and suggests clamor and discordance, or persistence in making loud sounds that are disturbing and annoying:a noisy crowd.
5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gaudy, flashy, showy.