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Examples of noisome in a sentence
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
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
NOISOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of noisome for English Language Learners
: very unpleasant or disgusting
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