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English adjective: loud

1. loud characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity

SamplesA group of loud children.
Loud thunder.
Her voice was too loud.
Loud trombones.

Similarbig, blaring, blasting, clarion, deafening, earsplitting, earthshaking, harsh-voiced, loud-mouthed, loud-voiced, shattering, shouted, thunderous, thundery, trumpet-like, vocal, yelled

See alsoaudible, hearable, noisy

Attributeintensity, loudness, volume


2. loud tastelessly showy

SamplesA flash car.
A flashy ring.
Garish colors.
A gaudy costume.
Loud sport shirts.
A meretricious yet stylish book.
Tawdry ornaments.

Synonymsbrassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy



3. loud used chiefly as a direction or description in music

SamplesThe forte passages in the composition.


Similarfortemente, fortissimo

Antonymspiano, soft

English adverb: loud

1. loud with relatively high volume

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsaloud, loudly

Antonymsquietly, softly

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