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noisome Syllabification: noi·some
Pronunciation: /ˈnoisəm/

Definition of noisome in English:


1Having an extremely offensive smell: noisome vapors from the smoldering waste
More example sentences
  • Suddenly there are noisome odours on the breeze.
  • The bar was noisome and smelly, the stench of unwashed bodies and foul beer mingling with the rotten fish smell of the port.
  • He dived down a dark alley and ducked down behind a pile of crates and noisome garbage to catch his breath.
1.1Disagreeable; unpleasant: noisome scandals
More example sentences
  • The performance consists in a dinner where one eats haggis, a noisome dish to look at, but not unpleasant to eat, and drinks Athol Brose, a delicious drink, but insidious, composed of whisky, honey, cream and rum.
  • I have been experimenting with various means of disposing of these noisome critters, such as luring them with a trail of breadcrumbs into a dark closet and then murdering them with an axe.
  • But he gets paid to do this day in and day out, so I sort of understand why he continues being utterly noisome.


Noisome means ‘bad-smelling.’ It has no relation to the word noise; it is related to the word annoy.


Example sentences
  • Yes, water would allow people to wash their hands and flush much of this noisomeness away.


Late Middle English: from obsolete noy (shortened form of annoy) + -some1.

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