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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 noisy

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Historical Examples

  • The effort to make them "disgorge" is as continual as it is noisy, and, as a rule, futile.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • Now I'm going on a tour of exploration and noisy admiration.

  • Never was I in such a noisy, roystering, singing, lounging place.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • We hear of no more disturbances; the fact was that the audiences were too thin to be noisy.

    Handel

    Edward J. Dent

  • There was that noisy wind again, but this time it was gentler than it had been in the city.


British Dictionary definitions for noisy

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 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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