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Saturday, October 02, 1999

Definitions for noisome

  1. Noxious; harmful; unwholesome.
  2. Offensive to the smell or other senses; disgusting.

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Citations for noisome
The body politic produces noisome and unseemly substances, among which are politicians. P. J. O'Rourke, The Atlantic
The first flower to bloom in this latitude, when the winter frost loosens its grip upon the sod, is not the fragrant arbutus, nor the delicate hepatica, nor the waxen bloodroot, as the poets would have us think, but the gross, uncouth, and noisome skunk cabbage. Alvan F. Sanborn, The Atlantic
Origin of noisome
1350-1400
Noisome is from Middle English noysome, from noy, "harm," short for anoy, from Old French, from anoier, "to annoy."
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