Pronunciation: (loud), [key]
—adj., -er, -est,
1. (of sound) strongly audible; having exceptional volume or intensity: loud talking; loud thunder; loud whispers.
2. making, emitting, or uttering strongly audible sounds: a quartet of loud trombones.
3. clamorous, vociferous, or blatant; noisy: a loud party; a loud demonstration.
4. emphatic or insistent: to be loud in one's praises; a loud denial.
5. garish, conspicuous, or ostentatious, as colors, dress, or the wearer of garish dress: loud ties; a loud dresser.
6. obtrusively vulgar, as manners or persons.
7. strong or offensive in smell.
1. in a loud manner; loudly: Don't talk so loud.
2. out loud, aloud; audibly: I thought it, but I never said it out loud. Just whisper, don't speak out loud.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.