noisome

[noi-suhm]
adjective
1.
offensive or disgusting, as an odor.
2.
harmful or injurious to health; noxious.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English noy (aphetic variant of annoy) + -some1

noisomely, adverb
noisomeness, noun

1. full, fullness, fulsome, noisome (see usage note at fulsome) ; 2. noisome, noisy.


1. fetid, putrid, rotten, stinking, mephitic.
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noisome (ˈnɔɪsəm)
 
adj
1.  (esp of smells) offensive
2.  harmful or noxious
 
[C14: from obsolete noy, variant of annoy + -some1]
 
'noisomely
 
adv
 
'noisomeness
 
n

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noisome
1382, "harmful, noxious," from noye "harm, misfortune," shortened form of anoi "annoyance" (from O.Fr. anoier, see annoy) + -some. Meaning "bad-smelling" first recorded 1577.
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Example sentences
But for all the noisome details, this is not a cynical novel.
He does not worry about a few thousand noisome people in the streets.
And even if a correspondent wanted to deliver the noisome truth, patriotism would join censorship in stopping his mouth.
Noisome odor and slimy appearance are common on infected branches or trunks.
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