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.

Primary Meanings of loud

1.
adjadv
characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity
with relatively high volume
2.
adj
tastelessly showy
Full Definitions of loud
1

adj 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
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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adj 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
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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adv with relatively high volume

“he spoke loud enough for those at the back of the room to hear him”
Synonyms:
aloud, loudly
Antonyms:
quietly, softly
with low volume
2

adj 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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