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[noi-zee] /ˈnɔɪ zi/
adjective, noisier, noisiest.
making much noise:
noisy children.
abounding in or full of noise:
a noisy assembly hall.
characterized by much noise:
a noisy celebration; a noisy protest.
Origin of noisy
First recorded in 1685-95; noise + -y1
Related forms
noisily, adverb
noisiness, noun
unnoisily, adverb
unnoisy, adjective
Can be confused
noisome, noisy.
1. clamorous, tumultuous, uproarious; vociferous. See loud.
1. quiet. Unabridged
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  • All the instruments were loudly and noisily blown and beaten.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for noisily


adjective noisier, noisiest
making a loud or constant noise
full of or characterized by noise
Derived Forms
noisily, adverb
noisiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for noisily



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

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