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]
EtymologyOld English hlūd
- Of a sound, of great intensity.
- Turn that music down, it's too loud.
- Of a person, event, etc, noisy.
- Of a person, event, etc, non-subtle, irrevelant.
- Of a colour, clothing, etc, having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns.
of a sound
- Afrikaans: hard
- Catalan: fort, alt
- Dutch: luid, luide, hard, harde
- French: fort , forte
- German: laut
- Italian: forte m and f
- Lithuanian: garsus , garsi , garsu
- Portuguese: alto , alta
- Russian: громкий (grómkij), громкая (grómkaja), громкое (grómkoje)
- Slovenian: glasen , glasna , glasno
- Spanish: fuerte m and f
of a colour, clothing, etc
Loudness is the subjective quality of sound of great intensity.
Loud may also refer to:
- Loud (TV series), a TV show on Canada's MuchMusic/A TV channel owned by CTVglobemedia
- Loud Mine, a gold mine in White County, Georgia
- Loud Township, Michigan, U.S.
- Loud Kiddington, a character from Histeria!
- LOUD Technologies, an American audio equipment manufacturer
- River Loud, a river in Lancashire, England
- George A. Loud (1852-1925), U.S. Representative from Michigan
- LOUD (LCSEE Optimized Ubuntu Distribution), a Linux distribution used at West Virginia University
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