- loud1 [laud] adj comparative louder superlative loudest[: Old English; Origin: hlud]1.) making a lot of noise≠ ↑quiet▪ The book fell to the floor with a loud bang.▪ The music was so loud that I had to shout.▪ 'Who's there?' asked David in a loud voice.2.) someone who is loud talks too loudly and confidently▪ The more Tom drank, the louder he became.3.) loud clothes are too bright or have too many bright patterns▪ a loud checked suit4.) be loud in your praise/opposition/support etcto express your approval or disapproval very strongly▪ The local business community was loud in its support for the scheme.>loudly adv▪ Ben laughed loudly.▪ She spoke more loudly than she intended.>loudness n [U]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬WORD FOCUS: loudsimilar words: noisy, booming, raucous, rowdyextremely loud: deafening, earsplitting, thunderous▬▬▬▬▬▬▬loud 2loud2 adv comparative louder superlative loudest1.) spoken in a way that makes a lot of noise= ↑loudly▪ Could you speak a little louder?▪ You've got the telly on too loud.2.) loud and clearin a way that is very easy to understand▪ The message came through loud and clear.3.) out loudin such a way that people can hear you= ↑aloud▪ Read it out loud, so we can all hear.▪ Harriet laughed out loud in astonishment.→actions speak louder than words at ↑action1 (13)→for crying out loud at ↑cry1 (4)
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.