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LOUD, adj., adv. Also lood, lud (Sh.).

Sc. usages. [lud]

1. (1) In phrs. loud out, aloud, in a loud voice, as opposed to laich in s.v. Laich, adj., In, adv., 4. (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc.; (2) comb. loud-spoken, having a loud voice; forward or over-bearing in speech. Gen.Sc.; (3) to be naething the louder, in curling, used imper. as a direction to a player to attempt to hit and displace an opponent's stone without giving his own any extra force (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 61). (1) Ayr. 1822 Galt Provost xii.:
He, and them all, speaking loud out to one another as if they had been hard of hearing.
Lth. 1856 M. Oliphant Lilliesleaf xxxiv.:
Said Mrs. Elphinstone, speaking loud out, so that Rhoda could easily hear.
Abd. 1866 G. Macdonald Alec Forbes lxix.:
No man ever heard her voice lood oot.
Lnk. 1881 A. Wardrop Poems 25:
Div you speak oot lood when you're thinking?
Sc. 1896 Stevenson W. of Hermiston vi.:
I wouldna like to sing out loud on the Sabbath.
Kcd. 1933 L. G. Gibbon Cloud Howe 98:
He laughed as well, not decent and low as a man would do that spoke to a minister, but loud out and vulgar.
(2) Sc. 1882 Stevenson New Arabian Nights I. 138:
Sir Thomas was . . . loud-spoken, boisterous and domineering.
Wgt. 1885 G. Fraser Poems 88:
Said a lood-spoken hissy, “My word, but he's spruce”.

2. Famous, widely spoken of, celebrated. Rare. Dmf. 1877 R. W. Thom Jock o' the Knowe 20:
The spence where yer faithers hae sat When their name was lood i' the lan'.

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"Loud adj., adv.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jan 2022 <>



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