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  1. offensive or disgusting, as an odor.
  2. harmful or injurious to health; noxious.
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Origin of noisome

1350–1400; Middle English noy (aphetic variant of annoy) + -some1
Related formsnoi·some·ly, adverbnoi·some·ness, noun
Can be confusedfulsome noisome (see usage note at fulsome)noisome noisy

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  1. (esp of smells) offensive
  2. harmful or noxious
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Derived Formsnoisomely, adverbnoisomeness, noun

Word Origin for noisome

C14: from obsolete noy, variant of annoy + -some 1
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Word Origin and History for noisome


late 14c., "harmful, noxious," from noye "harm, misfortune," shortened form of anoi "annoyance" (from Old French anoier, see annoy) + -some (1). Meaning "bad-smelling" first recorded 1570s. Related: Noisomeness.

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