a person or thing that makes noise, as a reveler on New Year's Eve, Halloween, etc., or a rattle, horn, or similar device used on such an occasion.

Origin of noisemaker

First recorded in 1565–75; noise + maker
Related formsnoise·mak·ing, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for noise-making

Historical Examples of noise-making

  • Their excitement and noise-making rose sharply as he entered.

    The Small World of M-75

    Ed M. Clinton, Jr.

  • But I will not help you to get any more drums or other noise-making things.

    Sube Cane

    Edward Bellamy Partridge

  • By one o'clock in the morning, excitement and noise-making had tired out nearly everybody but the orator.

  • The strong-limbed crickets set up their thunderous noise, grown gravely bass with the increasing size of the noise-making organs.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Three score and ten men have a noise-making power that words cannot describe.

    The Everett massacre

    Walker C. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for noise-making



US and Canadian something, such as a clapper or bell, used to make a loud noise at football matches, celebrations, etc
Derived Formsnoisemaking, noun, adjective
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