WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
loud /laʊd/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -er, -est, adv. 
  1. marked by high volume of sound:loud peals of thunder.
  2. clamorous;
    noisy:a loud party.
  3. too brightly colored;
    ostentatious:loud colors; a loud tie.

  1. in a loud manner: loudly:Don't talk so loud.
  1. Idiomsout loud, aloud;
    so as to be heard:spoke out loud.

loud•ly, adv. 
loud•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
loud  (loud),USA pronunciation adj.,  -er, -est, adv. 
  1. (of sound) strongly audible;
    having exceptional volume or intensity:loud talking;loud thunder;loud whispers.
  2. making, emitting, or uttering strongly audible sounds:a quartet of loud trombones.
  3. clamorous, vociferous, or blatant;
    noisy:a loud party; a loud demonstration.
  4. emphatic or insistent:to be loud in one's praises; a loud denial.
  5. garish, conspicuous, or ostentatious, as colors, dress, or the wearer of garish dress:loud ties; a loud dresser.
  6. obtrusively vulgar, as manners or persons.
  7. strong or offensive in smell.

  1. in a loud manner;
    loudly:Don't talk so loud.
  2. Idiomsout loud, aloud;
    audibly:I thought it, but I never said it out loud. Just whisper, don't speak out loud.
loudly, adv. 
loudness, n. 
  • 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;
      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.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged quiet.

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loud /laʊd/ adj
  1. (of sound) relatively great in volume: a loud shout
  2. making or able to make sounds of relatively great volume: a loud voice
  3. clamorous, insistent, and emphatic: loud protests
  4. (of colours, designs, etc) offensive or obtrusive to look at
  5. characterized by noisy, vulgar, and offensive behaviour
  1. in a loud manner
  2. out loudaudibly, as distinct from silently
Etymology: Old English hlud; related to Old Swedish hlūd, German laut

ˈloudly adv ˈloudness n

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