from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul: a noisome odor.
- adj. Harmful or dangerous: noisome fumes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Morally hurtful or noxious.
- adj. Hurtful or noxious to health; unwholesome, insalubrious.
- adj. Offensive to the senses; disgusting, unpleasant, nauseous; foul, fetid, especially having an undesirable smell; sickening, nauseating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Noxious to health; hurtful; mischievous; unwholesome; insalubrious; destructive.
- adj. Offensive to the smell or other senses; disgusting; fetid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hurtful; mischievous; noxious: as, a noisome pestilence.
- Offensive to sight or smell, especially to the latter; producing loathing or disgust; disgusting; specifically, ill-smelling.
- Disagreeable, in a general sense; extremely offensive.
- Synonyms Pernicious, etc. See noxious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. offensively malodorous
- adj. causing or able to cause nausea
Middle English noiesom : noie, harm (short for anoi, annoyance, from Old French, from anoier, to annoy; see annoy) + -som, adj. suff.; see -some1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English noy (short for annoy, from an(n)oien, enoien from Anglo-Norman anuier, from Old French enuier (French: ennuyer), from Late Latin inodiare (to make hateful), from in- (intensive prefix) + odium (hate). (Wiktionary)