- offensive or disgusting, as an odor.
- harmful or injurious to health; noxious.
Origin of noisome
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1. fetid, putrid, rotten, stinking, mephitic.
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Examples from the Web for noisome
It filled my head, that muttering sound, like thick oily smoke from a fat-rendering vat or an odour of noisome decay.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
They are "safe, because they are too filthy to handle, and too noisome even to approach."The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
It seemed a lifetime that he had lived in the noisome atmosphere of a felon's cell.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
We shouted for help, or to be liberated from our noisome prison.
The air was noisome with dead tobacco smoke and the fumes of stale beer.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
His great soul could not support him under these noisome and degrading incidents.Alroy
- (esp of smells) offensive
- harmful or noxious
C14: from obsolete noy, variant of annoy + -some 1
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Word Origin and History for noisome
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