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noisy

[noi-zee]
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adjective, nois·i·er, nois·i·est.
  1. making much noise: noisy children.
  2. abounding in or full of noise: a noisy assembly hall.
  3. characterized by much noise: a noisy celebration; a noisy protest.

Origin of noisy

First recorded in 1685–95; noise + -y1
Related formsnois·i·ly, adverbnois·i·ness, nounun·nois·i·ly, adverbun·nois·y, adjective
Can be confusednoisome noisy

Synonyms

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1. clamorous, tumultuous, uproarious; vociferous. See loud.

Antonyms

1. quiet.
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Examples from the Web for noisily

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Historical Examples

  • All the instruments were loudly and noisily blown and beaten.

    Albert Durer

    T. Sturge Moore

  • He lit his pipe with great display and sucked at it noisily.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He drank greedily, noisily, nor ceased until he had drained the vessel.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • It was only to lick his thick lips and gurgle 233 noisily in his fat throat.

  • They were relating their various exploits so noisily that scarcely a word could be heard.


British Dictionary definitions for noisily

noisy

adjective noisier or noisiest
  1. making a loud or constant noise
  2. full of or characterized by noise
Derived Formsnoisily, adverbnoisiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for noisily

noisy

adj.

1690s, "making noise," also "full of noise," from noise + -y (2). Earlier was noiseful (late 14c.). Related: Noisily; noisiness.

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