AskDefine | Define loud

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loud adj
1 characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity; "a group of loud children"; "loud thunder"; "her voice was too loud"; "loud trombones" [ant: soft]
2 tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments" [syn: brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy]
3 used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the forte passages in the composition" [syn: forte] [ant: piano] adv : with relatively high volume; "the band played loudly"; "she spoke loudly and angrily"; "he spoke loud enough for those at the back of the room to hear him"; "cried aloud for help" [syn: loudly, aloud] [ant: softly]

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Old English hlūd



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  1. Of a sound, of great intensity.
    Turn that music down, it's too loud.
  2. Of a person, event, etc, noisy.
  3. Of a person, event, etc, non-subtle, irrevelant.
  4. Of a colour, clothing, etc, having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns.
    You, there, wearing the purple tie with green stripes and red polka dots, I may not be able to hear you over that loud tie, so you may need to shout a little. - Supervisor 246 in Paul Robinson's Instrument of God



of a sound
of a colour, clothing, etc



Extensive Definition

Loudness is the subjective quality of sound of great intensity.
Loud may also refer to:
In music:

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