Definition of noisy in English:



  • 1Making or given to making a lot of noise.

    ‘a noisy, giggling group of children’
    ‘diesel cars can be very noisy’
    • ‘Other main sources of noise for residents were nearby construction sites and noisy air-conditioners at commercial complexes or restaurants.’
    • ‘And homeowners say they would be overjoyed with just a single night's sleep - without being kept awake by loud music, barking dogs and noisy generators.’
    • ‘It didn't help that everyone there was excessively noisy and the music from the next office, louder than ever.’
    • ‘It's a sign of our growing affluence that often where children once rode bicycles they now churn up paths on ear-splittingly noisy motorbikes.’
    • ‘The generator was a loud, noisy thing, and we had to feed it with a never-ending supply of gasoline.’
    • ‘You may need to take a noisy toddler outside to play or into another room.’
    • ‘It is very obvious from the many letters to these pages, and from the escalating number of complaints to the authorities, that noise and noisy neighbours are a major cause of distress.’
    • ‘The message will be put across that everyone has a right to protection from loud noisy neighbours.’
    • ‘There were wild celebrations among the Irish players and their noisy army of fans.’
    • ‘She says that her fellow classmates were normally loud and noisy on the bus ride home.’
    • ‘Girls are encouraged to be quiet, friendly, and mutually supportive, while boys are expected to be noisy, boisterous, and competitive.’
    • ‘It may not necessarily be the vehicle itself that is noisy; maybe the noise is from the tyres, the stereo, or whatever.’
    • ‘When buying for children, look for toys which are noisy, and loud, and annoying.’
    • ‘While the engine itself is not noisy, tyre, road and wind noise are all louder than one would like.’
    • ‘He acknowledged that the aircraft were noisy and that every effort would be made to minimise noise disturbance.’
    • ‘It was a really, really loud plane - incredibly noisy.’
    • ‘The gardens were full of noisy squawking ibises and ducks and bats.’
    • ‘Just then, an electronic school bell rang, and the boisterous hordes of noisy white kids started piling into the corridors and classrooms.’
    • ‘With a smile David added: ‘She was very boisterous, and very noisy.’’
    • ‘There are a few points in our songs were we do get loud/noisy, but we do it in a dynamic way… we are very big on our dynamics.’
    • ‘He was surrounded by noisy and boisterous children as he sat motionless on his throne.’
    rowdy, rackety, clamorous, boisterous, roisterous, obstreperous, turbulent, brash, clattering, chattering, talkative, vociferous, shouting, screaming, shrieking, bawling
    loud, fortissimo, blaring, booming, blasting, brassy, deafening, thunderous, tumultuous, clamorous, resounding, reverberating, ear-splitting, piercing, strident, harsh, cacophonous, raucous
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    1. 1.1Full of or characterized by noise.
      ‘noisy scenes outside the court building’
      ‘the bar was crowded and noisy’
      • ‘She can speak English but whispers in my ear rather than talking out loud in the noisy bar.’
      • ‘I was suddenly aware of how noisy and rowdy the party was, and I noted the heavy smell of alcohol in the air.’
      • ‘This is an umbrella term for a group of musicians in Japan whose music is primarily atonal, noisy, improvised and loud.’
      • ‘Gambians tend to be soft-spoken and gentle in demeanor, seeking to avoid noisy conflicts and striving toward quiet settlement of disputes.’
      • ‘Front Street seemed too loud and noisy, and I wasn't in the mood.’
      • ‘The restaurants in Beihai are very noisy, with most people laughing and talking in loud voices.’
      • ‘I did think of taking down my guitar and seeing if my finger joints were up to the task of holding down the strings accurately enough to bang out something loud, mean and noisy.’
      • ‘She turned to look at her friend and didn't see the car that came up behind her until it stopped in front of her, and then gave a very loud and noisy honk.’
      • ‘To say that his house was usually noisy, loud, and crowded would be an understatement.’
      • ‘Robert Sabin stars as Alex, a college student seeking a quieter, more private living arrangement than the noisy college dorm.’
      • ‘Really, the older I get, the less I like noisy smoky bars full of stupid drunk people.’
      • ‘The kitchen was loud and noisy, as usual, but it didn't take long for the usually cheerful cook to fix him a couple of plates.’
      • ‘Certainly, but it would be a lot easier to concentrate without all that noisy racket.’
      • ‘It could also be used by planners to restrict noisy commercial development in areas free from excessive noise or to ensure new housing is sited further away from busy roads.’
      • ‘The road outside was busy and noisy - a source of dust and petrol fumes.’
      • ‘The room was bright and noisy, full of women talking excitedly.’
      • ‘Just as Jacob was about to tell Rupert something they all heard a very loud, noisy, and disturbing CRASH!’
      • ‘The noisy clamor of men reacting far too late filled the air as they scuffled from side to side, screaming orders that no one particularly heard.’
      • ‘The activities complained of were not noisy, nor likely to attract attention.’
      • ‘Seconds later, Levi barged into the room with a noisy clamor.’
    2. 1.2(of a person or group of people) stridently seeking to attract attention to their views.
      • ‘Its noisy antics to pressure companies into making changes may not be to everyone's taste but at least it has swung the balance back in favour of the shareholder.’
      • ‘This is way more than a noisy minority - whenever members of the public hear about the full scale of the plans, they are nearly always shocked and angry.’
      • ‘In the end, however, the Park Board bowed to pressure from a noisy minority and reversed their vote.’
      • ‘It may quell a very noisy minority, but it does an injustice to the citizenry at large.’
      • ‘Selective support for some of the projects is attracting no comment from the ever noisy and vigilant environment lobby, feeding the theory that a land grab for pals is the motive.’
      • ‘It has attracted some powerful and noisy exponents.’
  • 2technical Accompanied by or introducing random fluctuations that obscure the real signal or data.

    • ‘An example of this would be a noisy signal that prevents the hard drive from acknowledging a specific command.’
    • ‘The technique is ideal for teasing out information from signals that are aperiodic, noisy, intermittent or transient.’
    • ‘Although TV snow obscures the main picture, a noisy signal can sometimes improve visual perception.’
    • ‘Integrating the noisy velocity signal gave a noisy displacement signal that was not useful.’
    • ‘Did you know that recreational mathematics is responsible for crystal clear communications over noisy channels?’
    • ‘Like many other researchers, we found the large and noisy background signal from tungsten to be a problem.’