Noise is defined as a sound, especially a loud one.(noun)
An example of a noise is the sound of fireworks.
To noise is defined as to tell rumors or spread information around.(verb)
An example of to noise is to gossip around town.
See noise in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr, noise, quarreling, clamor < L nausea: see nausea
See noise in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , perhaps from Vulgar Latin *nausea, discomfort
Origin: , from Latin nausea, seasickness; see nausea. Word History: Those who find that too much noise makes them ill will not be surprised that the word noise can possibly be traced back to the Latin word nausea, “seasickness, feeling of sickness.” Our words nausea and noise are doublets, that is, words borrowed in different forms from the same word. Nausea, first recorded probably before 1425, was borrowed directly from Latin. Noise, first recorded around the beginning of the 13th century, came to us through Old French, which explains its change in form. Old French nois probably also came from Latin nausea, if, as seems possible, there was a change of sense during the Vulgar Latin period, whereby the meaning “seasickness” changed to a more general sense of “discomfort.” Word meanings can sometimes change for the better, and nowadays, of course, a noise does not have to be something unpleasant, as in the sentence “The only noise was the wind in the pines.”
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