Word family noun loudness adjective loud adverb aloud loud loudly
From King Dictionary of Contemporary English
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loudloud1 /laʊd/ ●●● S2 W3 adjective (comparative louder, superlative loudest) 1 LOUD/NOISYmaking a lot of noise OPP 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 LOUD/NOISYsomeone who is loud talks too loudly and confidently The more Tom drank, the louder he became.3 DCCCCloud clothes are too bright or have too many bright patterns SYN garish, gaudy a loud checked suit4 be loud in your praise/opposition/support etcloudly adverb Ben laughed loudly. She spoke more loudly than she intended.loudness noun [uncountable]THESAURUSloud making a lot of noise – used about sounds, voices, or musica loud explosionHe was talking in a very loud voice.The music was too loud.noisy making a lot of noise – used about people, machines, and places that are too loudThe traffic was so noisy.noisy neighboursa noisy barrowdy rowdy people behave in a noisy and uncontrolled way. A rowdy place such as a bar is full of noisy people, often behaving badlyrowdy football fansa rowdy barraucous /ˈrɔːkəs $ ˈrɒː-/ especially written unpleasantly loud – used about the excited sound of groups of peopleraucous laughterraucous crowdsresounding [only before noun] used to describe a loud noise when something hits another thing, that seems to continue for a few seconds. Also used about people cheering or shouting loudlyThe door hit the wall with a resounding crash.a resounding cheervery loudthunderous extremely loud and deep in soundHis remarks received thunderous applause from the audience.deafening /ˈdefənɪŋ/ so loud that you cannot hear anything elseThe noise was deafening – like a thousand fireworks going off at one time. People living near airports suffer the deafening sound of aircraft taking off and landing.ear-splitting so loud that your ears feel uncomfortableHe played the music at ear-splitting volume.piercing extremely loud, high, and unpleasant to heara piercing screamCOLLOCATIONS CHECKloud sound/voice/musicnoisy person/place/machine/trafficrowdy crowd/fans/barraucous laughter/crowd/atmosphereresounding thud/crash/cheer/applausethunderous applausedeafening sound/noisepiercing voice/scream/whistle/sound
Examples from the Corpus
loudThe TV's too loud.Bloom is loud and aggressive.Hatecore, as the music is known, is gruff, loud and guitar-driven.He was loud and self-confident, but he had a right to be: he had a knack for picking winners.Three seconds later there was a loud bang and the hall was filled with smoke.The music's too loud. Can you turn it down?Woolley released three loud chords, and started on a ponderous version of the Sailors' Horn pipe.There was a loud clang and Broomhead cursed vehemently, pulling on the reins.The boy gave a loud cry of pain.a loud explosiona loud purple jacketUnderline the follow-up by means of a loud shout to show that you have unified mental resolve and physical effort in the technique.Three falls, loud voices, no beating.
loudloud2 ●●● S3 adverb (comparative louder, superlative loudest) 1 spokenLOUD/NOISY in a way that makes a lot of noise SYN loudly Could you speak a little louder? You’ve got the telly on too loud.2 loud and clear3 out loud actions speak louder than words at action1(13), → for crying out loud at cry1(4)
Examples from the Corpus
loudBill had dozed off in his chair, and was snoring loudly.As the train left La Spezia, she was so enjoying her adventure that she laughed out loud.Few people in this world actually talk to themselves out loud.Kathleen was worried that it would upset him, but he seemed quite relaxed, laughing over incidents and reminiscing out loud.The things you fear people are thinking, you hear them say right out loud.They have a tendency to be a bit too loud, too indiscreet, for certain company.The band was playing so loud, we couldn't hear each other.
Origin loud1 Old English hlud