Definition of noisy in US English:

noisy

adjective

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

    ‘a noisy, giggling group of children’
    ‘diesel cars can be very noisy’
    • ‘He acknowledged that the aircraft were noisy and that every effort would be made to minimise noise disturbance.’
    • ‘Other main sources of noise for residents were nearby construction sites and noisy air-conditioners at commercial complexes or restaurants.’
    • ‘It was a really, really loud plane - incredibly noisy.’
    • ‘It may not necessarily be the vehicle itself that is noisy; maybe the noise is from the tyres, the stereo, or whatever.’
    • ‘Just then, an electronic school bell rang, and the boisterous hordes of noisy white kids started piling into the corridors and classrooms.’
    • ‘She says that her fellow classmates were normally loud and noisy on the bus ride home.’
    • ‘He was surrounded by noisy and boisterous children as he sat motionless on his throne.’
    • ‘The gardens were full of noisy squawking ibises and ducks and bats.’
    • ‘While the engine itself is not noisy, tyre, road and wind noise are all louder than one would like.’
    • ‘Girls are encouraged to be quiet, friendly, and mutually supportive, while boys are expected to be noisy, boisterous, and competitive.’
    • ‘With a smile David added: ‘She was very boisterous, and very noisy.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You may need to take a noisy toddler outside to play or into another room.’
    • ‘When buying for children, look for toys which are noisy, and loud, and annoying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There were wild celebrations among the Irish players and their noisy army of fans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 generator was a loud, noisy thing, and we had to feed it with a never-ending supply of gasoline.’
    • ‘The message will be put across that everyone has a right to protection from loud noisy neighbours.’
    • ‘It didn't help that everyone there was excessively noisy and the music from the next office, louder than ever.’
    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. 1.1 Full of or characterized by noise.
      ‘the bar was crowded and noisy’
      ‘noisy scenes outside the court building’
      • ‘Robert Sabin stars as Alex, a college student seeking a quieter, more private living arrangement than the noisy college dorm.’
      • ‘The road outside was busy and noisy - a source of dust and petrol fumes.’
      • ‘Seconds later, Levi barged into the room with a noisy clamor.’
      • ‘Just as Jacob was about to tell Rupert something they all heard a very loud, noisy, and disturbing CRASH!’
      • ‘The restaurants in Beihai are very noisy, with most people laughing and talking in loud voices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The activities complained of were not noisy, nor likely to attract attention.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Really, the older I get, the less I like noisy smoky bars full of stupid drunk people.’
      • ‘The room was bright and noisy, full of women talking excitedly.’
      • ‘Front Street seemed too loud and noisy, and I wasn't in the mood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was suddenly aware of how noisy and rowdy the party was, and I noted the heavy smell of alcohol in the air.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Certainly, but it would be a lot easier to concentrate without all that noisy racket.’
      • ‘To say that his house was usually noisy, loud, and crowded would be an understatement.’
      • ‘This is an umbrella term for a group of musicians in Japan whose music is primarily atonal, noisy, improvised and loud.’
      • ‘She can speak English but whispers in my ear rather than talking out loud in the noisy bar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gambians tend to be soft-spoken and gentle in demeanor, seeking to avoid noisy conflicts and striving toward quiet settlement of disputes.’
    2. 1.2 (of a person or group of people) stridently seeking to attract attention to their views.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 may quell a very noisy minority, but it does an injustice to the citizenry at large.’
      • ‘It has attracted some powerful and noisy exponents.’
      • ‘In the end, however, the Park Board bowed to pressure from a noisy minority and reversed their vote.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 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.’
    • ‘Although TV snow obscures the main picture, a noisy signal can sometimes improve visual perception.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The technique is ideal for teasing out information from signals that are aperiodic, noisy, intermittent or transient.’
    • ‘Integrating the noisy velocity signal gave a noisy displacement signal that was not useful.’

Pronunciation

noisy

/ˈnɔɪzi//ˈnoizē/