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[noi-suh m] /ˈnɔɪ səm/
offensive or disgusting, as an odor.
harmful or injurious to health; noxious.
Origin of noisome
1350-1400; Middle English noy (aphetic variant of annoy) + -some1
Related forms
noisomely, adverb
noisomeness, noun
Can be confused
fulsome, noisome (see usage note at fulsome)
noisome, noisy.
1. fetid, putrid, rotten, stinking, mephitic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for noisome
  • 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.
  • Symptoms are noisome and include headache and cranial nerve deficits.
  • noisome or unwholesome odor means an objectionable odor detectable off the site of a facility.
British Dictionary definitions for noisome


(esp of smells) offensive
harmful or noxious
Derived Forms
noisomely, adverb
noisomeness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from obsolete noy, variant of annoy + -some1
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Word Origin and History for noisome

late 14c., "harmful, noxious," from noye "harm, misfortune," shortened form of anoi "annoyance" (from Old French anoier, see annoy) + -some (1). Meaning "bad-smelling" first recorded 1570s. Related: Noisomeness.

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