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Definition causing or able to cause nausea — especially from odor


  • the noisome atmosphere of the Nairobi slum
noisome = causing or able to cause nausea — especially from odor


  • The body was found in shallow noisome water.
  • The vapor from this pool was extremely noisome, and tainted the air for a considerable distance.
    Irving, Washington  --  Astoria or Anecdotes  of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains
  • breath, and foul breath is noisome.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Much Ado about Nothing
  • I will find means to protect him from the swarms of noisome flies that prey on the bodies of men who have been killed in battle.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Quiet, primate and completely secret except for the noisome cologne signal that thrilled the rabbits before it confused them.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • noisome = bad (causing or able to cause nausea — often from odor)
  • To look at him anyone would have supposed that he had passed the night in a noisome dungeon without food or water; but in reality he had been shut up in quite a comfortable room and provided with an excellent supper.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • noisome = harmful
  • Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I will depart unkissed.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • It would naturally have been impossible in that noisome cavern of a jail, with its mangy crowd of drunken, quarrelsome, and song-singing rapscallions.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Not to kill me, but to bow down before me and to finally put an end to this noisome rebellion.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Within that noisome den from which I had emerged I had thought with a narrow intensity only of our immediate security.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Extraordinary how soon the noisome flavour of imprisoned sleep, becomes manifest in all such places that are ill cared for!
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Mists curled and smoked from dark and noisome pools.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • 'A little noisome,' he remarked.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • No long course it hath before it finds a plain, on which it spreads, and makes a marsh, and is wont in summer sometimes to be noisome.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • Would you have famine bite me with its jaws which are gaping in front of me, blacker, deeper, and more noisome than a Tartarus or the nose of a monk?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • His blind and aged father and his gentle sister lay in a noisome dungeon while he enjoyed the free air and the society of her whom he loved.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Then they broke the evil bridge and set red flames in the noisome fields and departed.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • If the dank atmosphere of Amsterdam had been the cause of his first terrible collapse, so the noisome air of Paris had laid him low the second time.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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