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offensive or disgusting, as an odor; harmful; noxious; stinking: noisome factory emissions
Not to be confused with:
noisy – loud, harsh, or confused sounds; clamorous; tumultuous; vociferous: noisy football fans.
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1. Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul: a noisome odor.
2. Harmful or dangerous: noisome fumes.
[Middle English noiesom : noie, harm (short for anoi, annoyance, from Old French, from anoier, to annoy; see annoy) + -som, adj. suff.; see -some1.]
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.
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1. (esp of smells) offensive
2. harmful or noxious
[C14: from obsolete noy, variant of annoy + -some1]
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1. offensive or disgusting, as an odor.
2. harmful or injurious to health; noxious.
[1350–1400; Middle English noyesome =noy- (aph. variant of anoyen to harm, injure; see annoy) + -some -some1]
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|Adj.||1.||noisome - causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"|
unwholesome - detrimental to physical or moral well-being; "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking"
|2.||noisome - offensively malodorous; "a foul odor"; "the kitchen smelled really funky"|
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adjective disgusting, offensive, foul, stinking, smelly, reeking, noxious, fetid, putrid, malodorous, mephitic, niffy (Brit. slang) Noisome vapours arise from the mud left in the docks
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noisome[ˈnɔɪsəm] ADJ (= disgusting) → asqueroso; (= smelly) → fétido, maloliente; (= harmful) → nocivo
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