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Strident vs Loud - What's the difference?

strident | loud |

As an adjective strident

is loud; shrill, piercing, high-pitched; rough-sounding.

As a noun strident

is (linguistics) one of a class of s-like fricatives produced by an airstream directed at the upper teeth.

As a proper noun loud is





(en adjective)
  • Loud; shrill, piercing, high-pitched; rough-sounding
  • The trumpet sounded strident against the string orchestra.
  • Grating or obnoxious
  • The artist chose a strident mixture of colors.
  • (nonstandard) Vigorous; making strides
  • * {{quote-news, 2003, November 6, Stuart Cosgrove, Taylor slagging Saddam shame., Daily Record, city=Glasgow citation
  • , passage=Under David Taylor's stewardship, the SFA has made strident progress. }}

    Derived terms

    * stridently * stridency


    (en noun)
  • (linguistics) One of a class of s-like fricatives produced by an airstream directed at the upper teeth.
  • References



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    Alternative forms

    * lowd (obsolete)


  • (of a sound) Of great intensity.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , 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.}}
  • Noisy.
  • * Bible, Proverbs vii. 11
  • She is loud and stubborn.
  • Not subtle or reserved, brash.
  • Having unpleasantly and tastelessly contrasting colours or patterns; gaudy.
  • Synonyms

    * garish, gaudy


    * (sound) quiet, soft * (person) quiet

    Derived terms

    * aloud * loudhailer * loudly * loudmouth * loudness * loudspeaker


    (en adverb)
  • Loudly.
  • Anagrams

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