sound, especially of a loud, harsh, or confused kind:
a sound of any kind:
to hear a noise at the door.
loud shouting, outcry, or clamor.
a nonharmonious or discordant group of sounds.
an electric disturbance in a communications system that interferes with or prevents reception of a signal or of information, as the buzz on a telephone or snow on a television screen.
extraneous, irrelevant, or meaningless facts, information, statistics, etc.:
The noise in the report obscured its useful information.
Obsolete. rumor or gossip, especially slander.
1175–1225; Middle English
< Old French
< Latin nausea
seasickness. See nausea
clatter, blare, uproar, tumult. Noise, clamor, din, hubbub, racket
refer to unmusical or confused sounds. Noise
is the general word and is applied equally to soft or loud, confused or inharmonious sounds: street noises. Clamor
are alike in referring to loud noises resulting from shouting, cries, animated or excited tones, and the like; but in clamor
the emphasis is on the meaning of the shouting, and in hubbub
the emphasis is on the confused mingling of sounds: the clamor of an angry crowd; His voice could be heard above the hubbub. Din
suggests a loud, resonant noise, painful if long continued: the din of a boiler works. Racket
suggests a loud, confused noise of the kind produced by clatter or percussion: He always makes a racket when he cleans up the dishes. 2.