An example of something loud is music that can be heard three houses down the street.
- striking with force on the organs of hearing; strongly audible: said of sound
- making a sound or sounds of great intensity: a loud bell
- clamorous; emphatic; insistent: loud denials
- Informal too vivid; flashy: a loud Hawaiian shirt
- Informal unrefined; vulgar
- Dial. strong or offensive, as in smell
Origin of loudMiddle English from Old English hlud, akin to German laut from Indo-European base an unverified form ?leu-, to hear, listen from source Classical Latin cluere, to be spoken of, esteemed
- Characterized by high volume and intensity. Used of sound: a loud whistle.
- Producing sound of high volume and intensity: a loud construction work site.
- Clamorous and insistent: loud denials.
- a. Having strikingly bright colors: a loud necktie. See garish.b. Having a very strong or overpowering odor.
Origin of loudMiddle English from Old English hlūd ; see kleu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative louder, superlative loudest)
- (of a sound) Of great intensity.
- Turn that music down; it's too loud.
- (of a person, thing, event, etc.) Noisy.
- a loud party that went on all night
- (of a person, event, etc.) Not subtle or reserved, brash.
- (of clothing, decorations, etc.) Having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns; gaudy.
- a loud style of dress; loud colors
(comparative more loud, superlative most loud)
From Middle English loud, lud, from Old English hlÅ«d (“loud, noisy, sounding, sonorous"), from Proto-Germanic *hlÅ«Ã¾az (“heard"), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±lewtos (“heard, famous"), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±lew- (“to hear"). Akin to Scots loud, lowd (“loud"), West Frisian lÃ»d (“loud"), Dutch luid (“loud"), Low German lud (“loud"), German laut (“loud"), Irish clÃº (“repute"), Welsh clywed (“heard"), clod (“praise"), Latin inclutus (“famous"), Tocharian A/B klots/klautso 'ear', klyostÃ¤r 'heard', Ancient Greek ÎºÎ»Ï…Ï„ÏŒÏ‚ (klÃºtÃ³s, “famous"), Albanian quaj (“to name, call"), shquar (“famous, notorious"), Old Armenian Õ¬Õ¸Ö‚ (lu, “the act of hearing"), Old Church Slavonic ÑÐ»Ð°Ð²Ð° (slava, “glory"), ÑÐ»Ð¾Ð²Ð¾ (slovo, “word"), Sanskrit à¤¶à¥à¤°à¤µ (Å›rÃ¡va, “glory"). More at listen.
- A surname.