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Loud
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English

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Pronunciation

  • enPR: loud, IPA(key): /la?d/
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  • Rhymes: -a?d

Etymology 1

From Middle English loude, loud, lud, from Old English hl?d ("loud, noisy, sounding, sonorous"), from Proto-Germanic *hl?daz, *hl?þaz ("heard"), from Proto-Indo-European *?lewtos ("heard, famous"), from Proto-Indo-European *?lew- ("to hear"). Akin to Scots loud, lowd ("loud"), Swedish ljud, West Frisian lûd ("loud"), Dutch luid ("loud"), Low German lud ("loud"), German laut ("loud"), Irish clú ("repute"), Welsh clywed ("heard"), clod ("praise"), Latin laudare ("praise"), Tocharian A/B klots/klautso 'ear', klyostär 'heard', Ancient Greek (klutós, "famous"), Albanian quaj ("to name, call"), shquar ("famous, notorious"), Old Armenian (lu, "the act of hearing"), Old Church Slavonic (slava, "glory"), (slovo, "word"), Sanskrit ? (?ráva, "glory"). More at listen.

Adjective

loud (comparative louder, superlative loudest)

  1. (of a sound) Of great intensity.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.
    Turn that music down; it's too loud.
  2. (of a person, thing, event, etc.) Noisy.
    a loud party that went on all night
  3. (of a person, event, etc.) Not subtle or reserved, brash.
  4. (of clothing, decorations, etc.) Having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns; gaudy.
    a loud style of dress;  loud colors
    • 2006, Janis Mink, Joan Miró, ->ISBN, page 22:
      In comparison with the loud Portrait of E.C. Ricart (ill. p. 13) two years earlier, Miró has captured a soft, hushed atmosphere here.
  5. (of marijuana, slang) High-quality; premium; (by extension) having a strong or pungent odour indicating good quality
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Noun

loud (countable and uncountable, plural louds)

  1. (colloquial) A loud sound or part of a sound.
    • 2012, Sam McGuire, Paul Lee, The Video Editor's Guide to Soundtrack Pro (page 103)
      The expander doesn't really make the louds louder and the softs softer in one step [...]
  2. (slang, uncountable) High-quality marijuana.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English loude, from Old English hl?de ("loudly"), from Proto-Germanic *hl?da, *hl?dô ("loudly").

Adverb

loud (comparative louder, superlative loudest)

  1. Loudly.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act II, Scene 4,[1]
      Who knocks so loud at door?
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, Dublin: John Smith, Volume 2, Book 7, Chapter 14, pp. 71-72,[2]
      Unluckily that worthy Officer having, in a literal Sense, taken his Fill of Liquor, had been some Time retired to his Bolster, where he was snoaring so loud, that it was not easy to convey a Noise in at his Ears capable of drowning that which issued from his Nostrils.

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Middle English

Etymology 1

From Old English hl?d.

Adjective

loud

  1. Alternative form of loude ("loud")

Etymology 2

From Old English hl?de.

Adverb

loud

  1. Alternative form of loude ("loudly")

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