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 for noisy

Antonyms for noisy

1. quiet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for noisiness

Historical Examples of noisiness

  • What makes all this music the more remarkable is the noisiness of the neighbourhood.

    Birds in London

    W. H. Hudson

  • For noisiness and destructiveness these are a pair of species hard to beat.

  • Green parrots owe their unpopularity to their mischievousness and their noisiness.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • And yet there is no noisiness, no wordiness, about them; nothing like rant or violence.


    Charles Kingsley

  • We may learn from it that noisiness is not earnestness, that violence is not strength.


    Charles Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for noisiness


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 noisiness



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

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