Share this entry

Share this page

loud

Syllabification: loud
Pronunciation: /loud
 
/

Definition of loud in English:

adjective

1Producing or capable of producing much noise; easily audible: they were kept awake by loud music she had a loud voice
More example sentences
  • Harsh voices followed after the loud noise and Gabrielle quickly, fearfully pulled her shoes back on and unlocked her stall.
  • 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.
  • A cranky old man who scolds children for making noise violates with his loud voice the very quietness he upholds.
Synonyms
noisy, blaring, booming, deafening, roaring, thunderous, thundering, ear-splitting, ear-piercing, piercing;
carrying, clearly audible;
lusty, powerful, forceful, stentorian;
Music forte, fortissimo
1.1Strong or emphatic in expression: there were loud protests from the lumber barons
More example sentences
  • Martina had been stereotyped as the tough one, sporty, strong and loud.
  • If Peter were alive today, would I be so loud and insistent in demanding he step down?
  • 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.
Synonyms
vociferous, clamorous, insistent, vehement, emphatic, urgent
1.2Vulgarly obtrusive; flashy: a man in a loud checked suit
More example sentences
  • On it was a photograph of an older man dressed in a loud red plaid suit, gesturing with his thumb up.
  • He's not loud and flashy, and he doesn't call a lot of attention to himself.
  • I'm not saying children's entertainment has to be loud, flashy, and percussive - far from it.
Synonyms

adverb

Back to top  
With a great deal of volume: they shouted as loud as they could
More example sentences
  • Of course, it's not easy to tackle persistent offending, but authoritarianism will never work - no matter how loud our politicians shout.
  • From now on we'll be shouting loud and clear on your behalf and demanding to know who these people are.
  • No matter how loud he shouted no one seemed to hear him.

Origin

Old English hlūd; 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'.

Phrases

out loud

1
Aloud; audibly: she laughed out loud
More example sentences
  • We laughed out loud at this, which is more than we can say about the film.
  • It is a moment so bloated and overblown, there is nothing to do but laugh out loud.
  • I have to admit I laughed out loud, harder than I have for a long time. It was priceless.

Derivatives

louden

1
verb
Example sentences
  • A steady, loudening thumping was all the warning he had.
  • Sound effects that would normally remain as background are loudened so evocatively that even temperatures are palpable.
  • Morrison's voice stops and we are subjected to just the sound of the drums from the song and the loudening helicopters from the scene.

loudly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • I cannot remember a time when so many have despaired so deeply and so loudly for the future for Europe.
  • The music is played so loudly and powerfully that it creates a feeling of dizziness and ecstasy.
  • I was about to reject him again when thunder boomed loudly overhead and it started to rain.

loudness

3
noun
Example sentences
  • Of course I didn't want to open my eyes and be confronted with that loudness so I pretended to stay asleep.
  • Chris was speaking with theatrical loudness, so practically everybody on the coach could hear him talk.
  • Given that, the loudness of the explosions was quite intense.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence