loud

The adjective loud describes a noise that has a very high volume, like loud music at a concert that kept your ears ringing even after you left.

The word loud comes from the Old English word hlud, which means "making noise, sonorous."Loud is most often used to describe the volume level of music, but it can also refer to voices or other sounds that are unpleasant and high-volumed. Loud can also describe a tasteless or showy fashion choice, like a loud Hawaiian shirt paired with bright orange shorts.

Definitions of loud
  1. adjective
    characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity
    “a group of loud children”
    loud thunder”
    “her voice was too loud
    loud trombones”
    Synonyms:
    audible, hearable
    heard or perceptible by the ear
    big
    loud and firm
    blaring, blasting
    unpleasantly loud and penetrating
    clarion
    loud and clear
    deafening, earsplitting, thunderous, thundery
    loud enough to cause (temporary) hearing loss
    earthshaking
    loud enough to shake the very earth
    harsh-voiced
    having an unusually harsh sound
    loud-mouthed
    given to loud offensive talk
    loud-voiced
    having an unusually loud voice
    shattering
    seemingly loud enough to break something; violently rattling or clattering
    shouted, yelled
    in a vehement outcry
    trumpet-like
    resembling the sound of a trumpet
    vocal
    full of the sound of voices
    noisy
    full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds
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    Antonyms:
    soft
    (of sound) relatively low in volume
    dull, muffled, muted, softened
    being or made softer or less loud or clear
    euphonious
    (of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident
    gentle
    quiet and soothing
    hushed, muted, quiet, subdued
    in a softened tone
    little, small
    (of a voice) faint
    low, low-toned
    very low in volume
    murmuring, susurrant, whispering
    making a low continuous indistinct sound
    murmurous, rustling, soughing, susurrous
    characterized by soft sounds
    soft-footed
    sound of quiet gentle steps
    soft-spoken
    having a speaking manner that is not loud or harsh
    quiet
    free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound
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  2. adjective
    used chiefly as a direction or description in music
    synonyms: forte
    fortemente
    chiefly a direction or description in music; loud and strong
    fortissimo
    chiefly a direction or description in music
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    Antonyms:
    piano, soft
    used chiefly as a direction or description in music
    pianissimo
    chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
    pianissimo assai
    chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
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  3. adverb
    with relatively high volume
    “he spoke loud enough for those at the back of the room to hear him”
    synonyms: aloud, loudly
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    Antonyms:
    quietly, softly
    with low volume
  4. adjective
    tastelessly showy
    loud sport shirts”
    synonyms: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
    tasteless
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
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