noisome

  • 1 Noisome — Noi some, a. [For noysome, fr. noy for annoy. See {Annoy}.] 1. Noxious to health; hurtful; mischievous; unwholesome; insalubrious; destructive; as, noisome effluvia. Noisome pestilence. Ps. xci. 3. [1913 Webster] 2. Offensive to the smell or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 noisome — index deleterious, detrimental, fatal, harmful, harsh, heinous, insalubrious, malignant, noxious …

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  • 3 noisome — (adj.) late 14c., harmful, noxious, from noye harm, misfortune, shortened form of anoi annoyance (from O.Fr. anoier, see ANNOY (Cf. annoy)) + SOME (Cf. some). Meaning bad smelling first recorded 1570s. Related: Noisomeness …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 noisome — fetid, stinking, *malodorous, putrid, rank, rancid, fusty, musty Analogous words: foul, nasty, squalid, filthy, *dirty: noxious, baneful, *pernicious, deleterious: loathsome, *offensive, revolting Antonyms: balmy Contrasted words: *odorous,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 noisome — means ‘harmful, noxious’ and has nothing to do with the word noise. It comes from a Middle English word nay, related to annoy …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 noisome — [adj] immoral, bad, offensive baneful, dangerous, deadly, deleterious, disgusting, fetid, foul, harmful, horrid, hurtful, injurious, insalubrious, insalutary, loathsome, malodorous, mephitic, mischievous, nauseating, noxious, pernicious,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 noisome — ► ADJECTIVE literary 1) having an extremely offensive smell. 2) disagreeable; unpleasant. ORIGIN from obsolete noy (shortened form of ANNOY(Cf. ↑annoying)) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 noisome — [noi′səm] adj. [ME noyesum < noy, aphetic < anoy < OFr anoi: see ANNOY & SOME1] 1. injurious to health; harmful 2. having a bad odor; foul smelling noisomely adv. noisomeness n …

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  • 9 noisome — [[t]nɔ͟ɪsəm[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something or someone as noisome, you mean that you find them extremely unpleasant. [LITERARY] Noisome vapours arise from the mud left in the docks... His noisome reputation for corruption had …

    English dictionary

  • 10 noisome — adjective Etymology: Middle English noysome, from noy annoyance, alteration of anoi, from Anglo French anui, from anuier to harass, annoy more at annoy Date: 14th century 1. noxious, harmful 2. a. offensive to the senses and especially to the… …

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  • 11 Noisome — Offensive to the senses and especially disgusting, offensive, or harmful to the sense of smell. For example, the smell of a chemical such as formaldehyde can be noisome. Noisome comes from the Middle English noy meaning annoyance, and enui which… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 12 noisome — [14] Noisome has no etymological connection with noise. Its closest English relative is annoy. This had a shortened from noy ‘trouble, annoy, harm’, current from the 13th to the 17th centuries, which was combined with the suffix some to form… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 noisome — [14] Noisome has no etymological connection with noise. Its closest English relative is annoy. This had a shortened from noy ‘trouble, annoy, harm’, current from the 13th to the 17th centuries, which was combined with the suffix some to form… …

    Word origins

  • 14 noisome — See noisome, noxious, obnoxious …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15 noisome — noi|some [ˈnɔısəm] adj literary [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: noy annoyance (14 17 centuries) (from Old French enui; ENNUI) + some] very unpleasant ▪ noisome smells …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 noisome — adjective literary extremely unpleasant: The workers lived in noisome slums. noisy / nOIzi/ adjective making a lot of noise, or full of noise: The kids have been really noisy today. | The bar was too noisy and crowded. | a noisy engine noisily… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 noisome — noisomely, adv. noisomeness, n. /noy seuhm/, adj. 1. offensive or disgusting, as an odor. 2. harmful or injurious to health; noxious. [1350 1400; ME noy (aph. var. of ANNOY) + SOME1] Syn. 1. fetid, putrid, rotten, stinking, mephitic. * * * …

    Universalium

  • 18 noisome — adjective /ˈnɔɪ.səm/ a) Morally hurtful or noxious. b) Hurtful or noxious to health; unwholesome, insalubrious …

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  • 19 noisome — Synonyms and related words: abhorrent, abominable, arrant, atrocious, awful, bad, bad for, bad smelling, baleful, baneful, barfy, base, beastly, below contempt, beneath contempt, blameworthy, brackish, brutal, cloying, contaminated, contemptible …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 noisome — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. destructive, harmful, baneful, evil; fetid, malodorous, rank, foul[ smelling]; disgusting, loathsome. See badness, malodorousness. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Harmful] Syn. baneful, pernicious,… …

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