What is the Difference Between Aloud and Out Loud?
Aloud is an adverb defined as “with the use of the voice; orally, and audible, not silently or in a whisper.” To say something aloud is to say it in a voice that can be clearly heard, and can be distinguished from a whisper.
Out loud (two words) functions as an adverbial phrase and means basically the same thing as aloud. Out loud is defined as “loud enough to be heard.”
Out loud and aloud both function as adverbs and are generally used interchangeably, but there can be a difference between out loud vs. aloud.
Aloud means to say something audibly so people can clearly hear you. It contrasts a whisper that cannot be heard.
Out loud means to say something loud enough to be heard. It is perhaps the preferred word choice to indicate a sudden outburst.