\ ˈnȯiz How to pronounce noise (audio) \

Definition of noise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry the noise of the rioters
2a : sound entry 1 especially : one that lacks agreeable musical quality or is noticeably unpleasant traffic noise engine noises
b : any sound that is undesired or interferes with one's hearing of something I couldn't hear him over all the noise.
c : an unwanted signal or a disturbance (such as static or a variation of voltage) in an electronic device or instrument (such as radio or television) broadly : a disturbance interfering with the operation of a usually mechanical device or system
d : electromagnetic radiation (such as light or radio waves) that is composed of several frequencies (see frequency sense 3b) and that involves random changes in frequency or amplitude (see amplitude sense 1b)
e : irrelevant or meaningless data or output occurring along with desired information The initial data includes a lot of noise that needs to be weeded out.
3 : common talk : rumor is making noise about moving the team especially : slander
4 : something that attracts attention the play … will make little noise in the world— Brendan Gill
5 : something spoken or uttered made a loud noise when he hit his finger with the hammer
6 : a style of rock music that is loud, often discordant, and usually uses electronic noise (such as feedback)


noised; noising

Definition of noise (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to talk much or loudly
2 : to make a noise

transitive verb

: to spread by rumor or report usually used with about or abroadthe scandal was quickly noised about

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from noise


noiseless \ ˈnȯiz-​ləs How to pronounce noiseless (audio) \ adjective
noiselessly adverb

Examples of noise in a Sentence

Noun I couldn't hear him over all the noise. That's not music. To me it's a bunch of noise. The furnace makes a lot of noise when it comes on. We closed the windows to block out the traffic noise. The landlord has been getting complaints from the tenants about noise. There were noises coming from the basement. The sink was making a gurgling noise. Do you hear that rattling noise? The machine hardly makes any noise. The initial data included a lot of noise that had to be weeded out.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There also is a lot of noise about Green’s hot start. Ben Thomas |, al, "‘My time is coming:’ Saraland QB Karson Green turning heads with impressive start," 14 Sep. 2020 Inside the stadium, strict NFL limits on decibel levels in empty stadiums held the noise level to an unrecognizable low — just a notch above the ambient hum of the HVAC system. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Absence of fans inside, outside U.S. Bank Stadium makes for eerily quiet opener," 13 Sep. 2020 In a scene reminiscent of Chicago’s Wrigleyville rooftops, about 10 people sat atop the large fence bordering the stadium’s south side that blocks some of the noise from nearby residences. Matt Nevala, Anchorage Daily News, "Back to normal, at least for awhile: South Wolverines open football season with a win," 12 Sep. 2020 With myriad green-screened backgrounds and a whole lot of fake crowd noise, there was a distinctly sci-fi, quasi-dystopic feeling to the proceedings. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "This Certainly Was a VMAs Fit For 2020," 31 Aug. 2020 Each car is tested on the same section of road to ensure the results are comparable, since the road surface has a significant impact on the noise level inside a vehicle. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Everything You Need to Know about Our Comprehensive Car Testing," 21 Aug. 2020 Officers observed a similar vehicle stopped at a nearby home and the driver having a brief conversation with the resident about the noise level. cleveland, "Girl concocts story of brother threatening her with a gun: South Euclid Police Blotter," 20 Aug. 2020 Plus, your pets will totally appreciate the lower noise level. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "Where to Stream the Best Virtual Fireworks This Fourth of July," 29 June 2020 The volume can be 160 to 180 decibels—exceeding the noise level at rock concerts or near jet engines. Karen Kwon, Scientific American, "How to Protect Yourself during Protests," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb According to Ball, in the weeks following her carjacking, Parkland added security car patrols to the parking lots, repaired the cameras and gate, and gave employees noise alarms to add to their badges. Raquel Rutledge,, "Health care workers have been robbed, raped and murdered in parking garages for decades. Why haven't hospitals done more to make them safe?," 19 Aug. 2020 Can of corn, Texas Leaguer, Humm Baby and one single-syllable bit of naughtiness that, with no fans, can pierce any level of fake crowd noise a team can generate. Henry Schulman,, "Ninth-inning lightning shocks Giants again — another homer off Gott, another loss," 17 Aug. 2020 According to Buzzfeed News, the NYPD responded to noise complaints with dozens of officers in riot gear. Sarah Midkiff,, "There’s A Good Reason Fireworks Conspiracy Theories Are So Popular Right Now," 24 June 2020 New research suggests Pico’s and Winnie’s sensitivity to noise, especially fireworks, is the most common form of anxiety in pet dogs. Michael Price, Science | AAAS, "Is your dog anxious? Genes common to its breed could play a role," 5 Mar. 2020 Disturbance, warrant: Miner Drive Police responded to noise complaint at an apartment at 6:28 p.m. Jan. 31. Brian Lisik, cleveland, "Man arrested on warrant after police question him for getting into his own car: Medina Police Blotter," 3 Feb. 2020 The Colts are used to noise after playing at Arrowhead Stadium twice in 2019, but the Superdome might be the only venue that can match the noise in Kansas City. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 23 things to watch in Colts' Monday night showing against the Saints," 15 Dec. 2019 The Lehigh County Humane Society got a call late Saturday night from police who responded to noise complaints at a home outside Allentown, said Barbara Morgan, the Humane Society’s police officer. Kristen De Groot, The Seattle Times, "Animal welfare workers save 71 beagles crammed in small home," 8 Oct. 2018 At both, expect fiercely eclectic, unpredictable rock that can go from artsy pop to noise and back again in the space of a song. New York Times, "15 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 7 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'noise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of noise


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for noise

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French, disturbance, noise, from Latin nausea nausea

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about noise

Time Traveler for noise

Time Traveler

The first known use of noise was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for noise

Last Updated

20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Noise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for noise


How to pronounce noise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of noise

: a loud or unpleasant sound
: a sound that someone or something makes
technical : unwanted electronic signals that harm the quality of something (such as a radio or television broadcast or a digital photograph)


\ ˈnȯiz How to pronounce noise (audio) \

Kids Definition of noise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a loud or unpleasant sound
2 : sound entry 3 sense 1 the noise of the wind

Other Words from noise

noiseless \ -​ləs \ adjective
noiselessly adverb He moved noiselessly.


noised; noising

Kids Definition of noise (Entry 2 of 2)

: to spread by rumor or report The story was noised about.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on noise

What made you want to look up noise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!