* lowd (obsolete)
(of a sound) Of great intensity.
, title=(The Celebrity
, passage=Mr. Cooke at once began a tirade against the residents of Asquith for permitting a sandy and generally disgraceful condition of the roads. So roundly did he vituperate the inn management in particular, and with such a loud
flow of words, that I trembled lest he should be heard on the veranda.}}
* Bible, Proverbs vii. 11
- She is loud and stubborn.
Not subtle or reserved, brash.
Having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns; gaudy.
* garish, gaudy
* (sound) quiet, soft
* (person) quiet
Near the end of a period of time.
Specifically, near the end of the day.
(usually, not used comparatively) Associated with the end of a period.
Not arriving until after an expected time.
Not having had an expected menstrual period.
(deceased)(not comparable, euphemistic) Deceased, dead:
* , chapter=12
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=To Edward […] he was terrible, nerve-inflaming, poisonously asphyxiating. He sat rocking himself in the late
Mr. Churchill's swing chair, smoking and twaddling.}}
Existing or holding some position not long ago, but not now; departed, or gone out of office.
Recent — relative to the noun it modifies.
* 1914 , (Robert Frost), (North of Boston) , "A Hundred Collars":
- Lancaster bore him — such a little town, / Such a great man. It doesn't see him often / Of late years, though he keeps the old homestead / And sends the children down there with their mother
* (deceased) (term) in this sense is unusual among English adjectives in that it qualifies named individuals (in phrases like (term)) without creating a contrast with another Mary who is not late. Contrast (hungry): a phrase like (term) is usually only used if another Mary is under discussion who is not hungry.
(informal) A shift (scheduled work period) that takes place late in the day or at night.
* 2007 , Paul W Browning, The Good Guys Wear Blue
- At about 11 pm one night in Corporation Street my watch were on van patrol and Yellow Watch were on lates as usual.
After a deadline has passed, past a designated time.
formerly, especially in the context of service in a military unit.
:Colonel Easterwood, late of the 34th Carbines, was a guest at the dinner party.
- We drove as fast as we could, but we still arrived late .
* a day late and a dollar short
* as of late
* better late than never
* late bloomer
* late in the day
* late in the game
* late night
* sooner or later
* 2009 April 3, , "Re: Has 'late' split up into a pair of homonyms?", message-ID <email@example.com>, alt.usage.english'' and ''sci.lang , Usenet.