Aloud versus Out Loud

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.”


  • Summary

    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.

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