1. Carrying a load.
2. Equipped with many accessories or features: bought a fully loaded minivan.
3. Having ammunition in the firing chamber or magazine. Used of a firearm: a loaded gun.
4. Unbalanced because of added weight. Used of dice.
5. Having great meaning, seriousness, or implication: He asked the loaded question if they should take one car or two.
6. Slang Drunk or intoxicated.
7. Slang Having a great deal of money; rich.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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