Loud a. [Compar. Louder superl. Loudest.]
1. Having, making, or being a strong or great sound; noisy; striking the ear with great force; as, a loud cry; loud thunder.
They were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. --Luke xxiii. 23.
2. Clamorous; boisterous.
She is loud and stubborn. --Prov. vii. 11.
3. Emphatic; impressive; urgent; as, a loud call for united effort. [Colloq.]
4. Ostentatious; likely to attract attention; gaudy; as, a loud style of dress; loud colors. [Slang]
Syn: -- Noisy; boisterous; vociferous; clamorous; obstreperous; turbulent; blustering; vehement.
Loud, adv. With loudness; loudly.
To speak loud in public assemblies. --Addison.
adj 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]