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noisome

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adjective noi·some \ˈnȯi-səm\

Simple Definition of noisome

  • : very unpleasant or disgusting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of noisome

  1. 1 :  noxious, harmful

  2. 2 a :  offensive to the senses and especially to the sense of smell <noisome garbage> b :  highly obnoxious or objectionable <noisome habits>

noisomely

adverb

noisomeness

noun

Examples of noisome in a sentence

  1. <it's no fun having asthma and living in an area with noisome smog>

  2. <a noisome remark about my weight that stuck with me for days>



Did You Know?

Noisome sounds like it might be a synonym of noisy, but it's not. Something noisome is disgusting, offensive, or harmful, often in its smell. Noisome does not come from "noise," but from the Middle English word noysome, which has the same meaning as noisome. The noy of noisome means "annoyance," and comes from Anglo-French anui, which also means "annoyance." (As you may have already guessed, the English words annoy and annoyance are also related to noisome.)

Origin and Etymology of noisome

Middle English noysome, from noy annoyance, alteration of anoi, from Anglo-French anui, from anuier to harass, annoy — more at annoy


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of noisome

malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive <malodorous fertilizers>. stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting <prisoners were held in stinking cells> <the fetid odor of skunk cabbage>. noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive <a stagnant, noisome sewer>. putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter <the putrid smell of rotting fish>. rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell <rank cigar smoke>. fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age <a fusty attic> <the musty odor of a damp cellar>.


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