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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
noisome slums
▪ It was not, of course, merely the noisome aspect which needed to be dealt with.
▪ Out of this noisome soil grew some of the funerary customs of the upper classes, which today strike us as so exaggerated.
▪ Quiet, primate and completely secret except for the noisome cologne signal that thrilled the rabbits before it confused them.
▪ The distant workers who supported this wealth lived in noisome slums.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Noisome \Noi"some\, a. [For noysome, fr. noy for annoy. See Annoy.]

  1. Noxious to health; hurtful; mischievous; unwholesome; insalubrious; destructive; as, noisome effluvia. ``Noisome pestilence.''
    --Ps. xci. 3.

  2. Offensive to the smell or other senses; disgusting; fetid. ``Foul breath is noisome.''
    --Shak. [1913 Webster] -- Noi"some*ly, adv. -- Noi"some*ness, n.

    Syn: Noxious; unwholesome; insalubrious; mischievous; destructive.

    Usage: Noisome, Noxious. These words have to a great extent been interchanged; but there is a tendency to make a distinction between them, applying noxious to things that inflict evil directly; as, a noxious plant, noxious practices, etc., and noisome to things that operate with a remoter influence; as, noisome vapors, a noisome pestilence, etc. Noisome has the additional sense of disqusting. A garden may be free from noxious weeds or animals; but, if recently covered with manure, it may be filled with a noisome smell.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. 1 Morally hurtful or noxious. 2 Hurtful or noxious to health; unwholesome, insalubrious. 3 Offensive to the senses; disgusting, unpleasant, nauseous; foul, fetid, especially having an undesirable smell; sickening, nauseating.

  1. adj. causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench" [syn: nauseating, nauseous, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile]

  2. offensively malodorous; "a putrid smell" [syn: fetid, foetid, foul, foul-smelling, funky, smelly, putrid, stinking]

Usage examples of "noisome".

They were indeed the same dark folk who had shanghaied Carter on their noisome galley so long ago, and whose kith he had seen driven in herds about the unclean wharves of that accursed lunar city, with the leaner ones toiling and the fatter ones taken away in crates for other needs of their polypous and amorphous masters.

They are mean and noisome parasites on real Devildom, just as their counterparts are parasites on humanity.

From Dunedin the Alert and her noisome crew had darted eagerly forth as if imperiously summoned, and on the other side of the earth poets and artists had begun to dream of a strange, dank Cyclopean city whilst a young sculptor had moulded in his sleep the form of the dreaded Cthulhu.

From somewhere out of sight, Jennet heard the bleating of sheep and when she inhaled she caught the noisome scent peculiar to puering hides in preparation for tanning.

Standish lay there, unable to move, unable to speak, unable to do anything but let tears flow from his wide-open eyes down into his cold ears, until he was flung into that noisome mess of composted human flesh, to sink into a mass of maggoty corruption.

Butyl mercaptan sallied forth to meet and mingle with blue noisome clouds of smoke.

The last and largest tribe of Oddlings, the abominable Skritek, also called the Drowners, lived in most parts of the swamp, but were particularly numerous in the vast and noisome marshlands south of Ruwenda Citadel, as well as the Thorny Hell situated in the north-central region.

Hunger had wasted their sallow cheeks, and the air of noisome dungeons had sunken their rheumy eyes.

Like how to give your old pal Beaver a Viking funeral and get rid of these noisome little snakelets at the same time.

To the ignorant populace the Vier Prison was the home of noisome serpents and the rendezvous of the devil and his witches of Rocbert.

Only a thorn zareeba as yet enclosed that noisome prison and the space about it.

His senses had not been assailed by any noisome effluvia This was no unplausible ground for imagining that this death had some other cause than the yellow fever.

They are shedding their dead matter in suppurating clots that eddy free and drift up like oil, expanding as the crushing pressure lessens, enveloping and suffocating fish and weed, until what breaks the waves with a mucal slurp is a noisome coagulate of infection and smothered sea-life.

In these sites they joined the homeless human beings who had always been there, the winos and cokers and foamers and all the others in the noisome military surplus jackets and clotted beards and twine-tied shoes.

That as Louisianians, as Southerners, as Americans, we proudly claim our share in the fame of Lee as an inheritance rightfully belonging to us, and endowed with which we shall piously cherish, though all calamities should rain upon us, true poverty--the poverty indeed that abases and starves the spirit can never approach us with its noisome breath and withering look.