1. sound, especially of a loud, harsh, or confused kind: deafening noises.
  2. a sound of any kind: to hear a noise at the door.
  3. loud shouting, outcry, or clamor.
  4. a nonharmonious or discordant group of sounds.
  5. an electric disturbance in a communications system that interferes with or prevents reception of a signal or of information, as the buzz on a telephone or snow on a television screen.
  6. Informal. extraneous, irrelevant, or meaningless facts, information, statistics, etc.: The noise in the report obscured its useful information.
  7. Informal. rumor or gossip, especially slander.
  8. Usually noises. Informal. a statement or utterance that hints at or expresses a feeling or intention, especially without action being taken: There’s been some angry noise about the new curriculum. He’s making noises to the press about running for mayor. We’re hearing sympathetic noises from many countries, but haven’t received any concrete offers of assistance.

verb (used with object), noised, nois·ing.

  1. to spread, as a report or rumor; disseminate (usually followed by about or abroad): A new scandal is being noised about.

verb (used without object), noised, nois·ing.

  1. to talk much or publicly.
  2. to make a noise, outcry, or clamor.


  1. a sound, esp one that is loud or disturbing
  2. loud shouting; clamour; din
  3. any undesired electrical disturbance in a circuit, degrading the useful information in a signalSee also signal-to-noise ratio
  4. undesired or irrelevant elements in a visual imageremoving noise from pictures
  5. talk or interestnoise about strikes
  6. (plural) conventional comments or sounds conveying a reaction, attitude, feeling, etcshe made sympathetic noises
  7. make a noise to talk a great deal or complain
  8. make noises about informal to give indications of one’s intentionsthe government is making noises about new social security arrangements
  9. noises off theatre sounds made offstage intended for the ears of the audience: used as a stage direction


  1. (tr; usually foll by abroad or about) to spread (news, gossip, etc)
  2. (intr) rare to talk loudly or at length
  3. (intr) rare to make a din or outcry; be noisy

v.late 14c., “to praise; to talk loudly about,” from noise (n.). Related: Noised; noising. n.early 13c., “loud outcry, clamor, shouting,” from Old French noise “din, disturbance, uproar, brawl” (11c., in modern French only in phrase chercher noise “to pick a quarrel”), also “rumor, report, news,” apparently from Latin nausea “disgust, annoyance, discomfort,” literally “seasickness” (see nausea). Another theory traces the Old French word to Latin noxia “hurting, injury, damage.” OED considers that “the sense of the word is against both suggestions,” but nausea could have developed a sense in Vulgar Latin of “unpleasant situation, noise, quarrel” (cf. Old Provençal nauza “noise, quarrel”). Meaning “loud or unpleasant sound” is from c.1300. Replaced native gedyn (see din).

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