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  1. sound, especially of a loud, harsh, or confused kind: deafening noises.

  2. a sound of any kind: to hear a noise at the door.

  1. loud shouting, outcry, or clamor.

  2. a nonharmonious or discordant group of sounds.

  3. an electric disturbance in a communications system that interferes with or prevents reception of a signal or of information, as the buzz on a telephone or snow on a television screen.

  4. Informal. extraneous, irrelevant, or meaningless facts, information, statistics, etc.: The noise in the report obscured its useful information.

  5. Informal. rumor or gossip, especially slander.

  6. Usually noises .Informal. a statement or utterance that hints at or expresses a feeling or intention, especially without action being taken: There’s been some angry noise about the new curriculum. He’s making noises to the press about running for mayor. We’re hearing sympathetic noises from many countries, but haven't received any concrete offers of assistance.

verb (used with object),noised, nois·ing.
  1. to spread, as a report or rumor; disseminate (usually followed by about or abroad): A new scandal is being noised about.

verb (used without object),noised, nois·ing.
  1. to talk much or publicly.

  2. to make a noise, outcry, or clamor.

Origin of noise

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nausea “seasickness”; see origin at nausea

synonym study For noise

1. Noise, clamor, din, hubbub, racket refer to unmusical or confused sounds. Noise is the general word and is applied equally to soft or loud, confused or inharmonious sounds: street noises. Clamor and hubbub are alike in referring to loud noises resulting from shouting, cries, animated or excited tones, and the like; but in clamor the emphasis is on the meaning of the shouting, and in hubbub the emphasis is on the confused mingling of sounds: the clamor of an angry crowd; His voice could be heard above the hubbub. Din suggests a loud, resonant noise, painful if long continued: the din of a boiler works. Racket suggests a loud, confused noise of the kind produced by clatter or percussion: He always makes a racket when he cleans up the dishes. 2. See sound1.

Other words for noise

Other words from noise

  • un·noised, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use noise in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for noise


/ (nɔɪz) /

  1. a sound, esp one that is loud or disturbing

  2. loud shouting; clamour; din

  1. any undesired electrical disturbance in a circuit, degrading the useful information in a signal: See also signal-to-noise ratio

  2. undesired or irrelevant elements in a visual image: removing noise from pictures

  3. talk or interest: noise about strikes

  4. (plural) conventional comments or sounds conveying a reaction, attitude, feeling, etc: she made sympathetic noises

  5. make a noise to talk a great deal or complain

  6. make noises about informal to give indications of one's intentions: the government is making noises about new social security arrangements

  7. noises off theatre sounds made offstage intended for the ears of the audience: used as a stage direction

  1. (tr; usually foll by abroad or about) to spread (news, gossip, etc)

  2. (intr) rare to talk loudly or at length

  1. (intr) rare to make a din or outcry; be noisy

Origin of noise

C13: from Old French, from Latin: nausea

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