Definition of noisome
- noisome garbage
- noisome habits
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it's no fun having asthma and living in an area with noisome smog
a noisome remark about my weight that stuck with me for days
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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.)
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