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First published 1965 (SND Vol. VI). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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LOUD, adj., adv. Also lood, lud (Sh.).

Sc. forms of Eng. loud. Also Compar. looder.m.Sc. 1988 William Neill Making Tracks 90:
The phaisie is a pleisure an a joy;
aw happit in his tartans lik Rob Roy
he scarts aboot an swanks on drystane dykes
an gies lood scraichs when on his coortin ploy.
Abd. 1990 Stanley Robertson Fish-Hooses (1992) 33:
Her heart wint tae her mooth and she wis trash being alane wi hersel. Aye, but the trodging upstairs got looder and looder until at last Tessa wis aside herself wi fear.
Edb. 1998 Dawn Louis Turner in Neil R. MacCallum Lallans 51 12:
It wes here that A saw Rabbie last. Lauchin, jokin, as lood as ye please, makkin us aw smile.

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 1 Jun 2023 <>



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