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[noi-zee] /ˈnɔɪ zi/
adjective, noisier, noisiest.
making much noise:
noisy children.
abounding in or full of noise:
a noisy assembly hall.
characterized by much noise:
a noisy celebration; a noisy protest.
Origin of noisy
1685-95; noise + -y1
Related forms
noisily, adverb
noisiness, noun
unnoisily, adverb
unnoisy, adjective
Can be confused
noisome, noisy.
1. clamorous, tumultuous, uproarious; vociferous. See loud.
1. quiet. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for noisy
  • In an already noisy world an arms race of sound is not to be welcomed.
  • It's also pretty unusual to stay sound asleep through landing-that's a pretty noisy experience.
  • Arguments over noisy dogs and power tools can turn suburban neighbors into angry adversaries.
  • The airwaves and best-seller lists are noisy with anti-intellectual jeers.
  • If it starts to fail, the computer can crash accidentally when the power supply generates a noisy signal.
  • Perhaps you're tired of the noisy dishwasher or the oven that heats unevenly.
  • The ocean is often thought of as quiet and idyllic, but its residents are actually a noisy bunch.
  • Then noisy crackling announces radiation levels that can be thousands of times as high as normal.
  • It is far easier and cheaper to engineer the noisy machinery to be quiet in the first place.
  • When looking for first homes, reef fish tend toward noisy reefs, new experiments show.
British Dictionary definitions for noisy


adjective noisier, noisiest
making a loud or constant noise
full of or characterized by noise
Derived Forms
noisily, adverb
noisiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for noisy

1690s, "making noise," also "full of noise," from noise + -y (2). Earlier was noiseful (late 14c.). Related: Noisily; noisiness.

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