\ ˈnȯi-zē How to pronounce noisy (audio) \
noisier; noisiest

Definition of noisy

1 : making noise noisy trucks and buses
2 : full of or characterized by noise or clamor a noisy office a noisy scene
3 : noticeably showy, gaudy, or bright : conspicuous a noisy sweater

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Other Words from noisy

noisily \ ˈnȯi-​zə-​lē How to pronounce noisily (audio) \ adverb
noisiness \ ˈnȯi-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce noisiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for noisy


clangorous, dinning, discordant, rackety


noiseless, quiet, silent, soundless, still

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Examples of noisy in a Sentence

The playground was filled with noisy children. His lawnmower is very noisy.

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The noisiest sustained work won’t start until later in 2020, when Kiewit demolishes and removes the 1.8-mile I-70 viaduct through Elyria-Swansea. Jon Murray, The Denver Post, "Interstate 70 project in Denver gets noise variance renewal but not for as long as contractor sought," 8 Aug. 2019 As traffic whizzes by a noisy and animated section of Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Braggs revisits the spot where the couple had lived two months ago. Yalonda M. James,, "Veteran rebuilds life after fighting internal battle against homelessness, unemployment," 14 July 2019 Council members didn’t make any comments before voting, and no one brought up any past concerns related to past complaints about the noisy concert hall., "Alabama Music Box, a ‘blast from the past,’ is coming back to Mobile," 10 July 2019 According to a 2010 Current Biology journal, the thalamus produces sleep spindles (brain activity that refreshes memory) to aid sleep in noisy environments. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Tired Girl's Guide To Getting More Sleep & Having More Energy," 2 May 2012 The hotel booked two floors for detainees and held them there with guards in the hallways all night and noisy too. Dee-ann Durbin, The Denver Post, "Hotels face battle over whether to help U.S. house migrants," 21 July 2019 Joined by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, national union leaders staged a noisy — and musical — rally Saturday calling on Johns Hopkins Hospital to stop suing low-income patients to collect debt. Jeff Barker,, "Demonstrators protest Johns Hopkins Hospital suing poor patients," 20 July 2019 In a crowded school, a dog can get used to noisy and chaotic places, something a service dog may experience with their human partner. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Farmington assistant principal hopes to raise $25,000 for service dogs during marathon," 19 June 2019 Realizing that biologists had no idea how noisy cells are, Elowitz set out to learn more. Quanta Magazine, "Inside the Din, Cells Fight Noise With Noise," 22 May 2014

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First Known Use of noisy

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of noisy

: making a lot of loud or unpleasant noise
: full of loud or unpleasant noise


\ ˈnȯi-zē How to pronounce noisy (audio) \
noisier; noisiest

Kids Definition of noisy

1 : making a lot of noise noisy children
2 : full of noise a noisy street

Other Words from noisy

noisily \ -​zə-​lē \ adverb The dogs barked noisily.

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