(not before noun) (informal) very rich
Two Example Dialogues Using ‘Loaded’
😫: I wish we could go to the beach this year, but the hotels there are getting so expensive!
😜: Let’s invite Onin and get her to pay for it. She’s loaded, so a few nights in San Sebastián is pocket change for her!
🙄: Good grief. Greg and Tammy are loaded, but they cry poormouth all the time.
😑: Tell me about it. They pull in over half a million dollars a year, but to hear them talk, you’d think they were teetering at the brink of poverty.
Examples of ‘Loaded’ from the News
“Hot-footing it to Wales to meet the family and discover more, Tim can’t believe his luck when they pull up at a grand old manor house. Not only might Tim be British, but it looks like he’s also loaded!”
– BBC.co.uk, Synopsis of Jerk, Series 1, Episode 4, 25 March 2019
“Simon Cowell admits to still buying lottery tickets despite being loaded — we reveal how much money he’s got in the Big Five.”
– BBC.co.uk, “Thursday: Simon Cowell still buys lottery tickets”, 5 May 2011
Special Notes on the Word ‘Loaded’
‘Loaded’ can mean a lot of things in addition to “very rich”.
If a gun is loaded, it has bullets in it (as opposed to being empty).
If Onin got loaded last night, she got very, very drunk.
A loaded question is a question that implies a controversial assumption, or a question that is intended to be confrontational or trick someone into saying something that they don’t really agree with. (The typical example of a loaded question is, “When did you stop beating your wife?” The question is hard to answer if you never actually beat your wife.)
I hope these different meanings give you an extra appreciation of this fun English word!
Pronunciation of ‘Loaded’
Sources: Definition of ‘Loaded’
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