A noisome trash pile.
- An example of something noisome is a gas that is coming from a toxic waste dump; noisome gas.
- An example of a noisome smell is the smell of a disgusting trash can.
- injurious to health; harmful
- having a bad odor; foul-smelling
Origin of noisomeMiddle English noyesum from noy, aphetic from anoy from Old French anoi: see annoy and -some
- Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul: a noisome odor.
- Harmful or dangerous: noisome fumes.
Origin of noisomeMiddle English noiesom noie harm ( short for anoi annoyance ) ( from Old French) ( from anoier to annoy ; see annoy . ) -som adj. suff. ; see -some 1.
Usage Note: People sometimes assume that noisome means “noisy,” because the two words sound similar. But in our 2011 survey, 89% of the Usage Panel found the sentence We could barely hear each other with the noisome helicopter overhead to be unacceptable. If you use noisome as a synonym for noisy, there's a good chance that others will misinterpret your words and think you're describing someone or something as being offensive or harmful.
(comparative more noisome, superlative most noisome)