Meaning of NOISE in English

I. noise 1 S2 W2 /nɔɪz/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: adverb : ↑ noisily , ↑ noiselessly ; adjective : ↑ noisy , ↑ noiseless ; noun : ↑ noise ]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: 'quarreling, noise' , from Latin nausea ; ⇨ ↑ nausea ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] a sound, especially one that is loud, unpleasant, or frightening SYN sound :

What’s that noise?

noise of

the noise of the traffic

Try not to make a noise when you go upstairs.

gurgling/banging/crackling etc noise

There was a strange whistling noise in his ears.

There was a lot of noise outside.

Noise levels have been reduced by 20%.

traffic/engine/background etc noise

the problem of aircraft noise near airports

2 . (make) encouraging/optimistic etc noises (about something) British English to say things which suggest what your opinion or attitude is, without saying it directly:

Both sides were making hopeful noises about the hostages.

3 . make (all) the right noises (about something) to say the things that other people want or expect to hear:

The health minister seems to be making all the right noises.

4 . make noises about doing something to say that you are considering doing something:

He is now making noises about starting his own business.

5 . make a (lot of) noise about something British English to talk about something a lot, so that people will notice it – used in order to show disapproval:

modern men who make a noise about the fact that they know how to look good

6 . [uncountable] technical unwanted signals produced by an electrical ↑ circuit

7 . [uncountable] technical pieces of unwanted information that can prevent a computer from working effectively

8 . noises off the sounds, voices etc that come from actors who are not on the stage at the time

⇨ ↑ big noise

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■ verbs

▪ make a noise

The car engine was making a funny noise.

▪ hear a noise

She heard a strange noise.

▪ a noise comes from something

The noise seemed to be coming from the kitchen.


▪ a loud noise

The rain made a loud noise against the window.

▪ a strange/funny noise

What’s that funny noise?

▪ a gurgling/whistling/cracking etc noise (=a noise with a particular kind of sound)

The water moved through the pipes with a loud gurgling noise.

▪ constant noise (=noise that does not stop)

She was fed up with the constant noise of traffic.

▪ background noise (=noise of things that are happening around you)

The background noise made it hard to hear what he was saying.

▪ traffic/aircraft/engine etc noise

It was peaceful there, with no traffic noise at all.

■ noise + NOUN

▪ noise levels

The hospital is trying to reduce noise levels to help patients sleep.

▪ noise pollution (=noise from cars, planes etc which has a bad effect on people’s lives)

The new airport will increase noise pollution in the surrounding area.

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▪ noise a loud sound, especially an unpleasant one:

Traffic noise is a problem in inner-city areas.


Why is the washing machine making so much noise?

▪ racket/din a loud unpleasant noise, especially one that annoys you. Racket is more informal than din :

I wish those kids would stop making such a racket.


I shouted to make myself heard above the din of the crowd.


the din of battle

▪ row British English a very loud unpleasant noise, especially one that continues for a long time:

the deafening row of the loudspeakers

▪ roar a loud noise that continues for a long time – used about the noise from an engine, the traffic, a crowd, the sea, or the wind:

She heard the roar of a motorbike behind her.


the roar of the waves breaking on the beach


the roar of the crowd at the Blue Jays baseball game

▪ hubbub especially written the unclear sound of a lot of people talking and moving around in a place:

It’s a wonderful place to escape from the hubbub of London’s busy streets.


His voice rose above the hubbub.

▪ commotion especially written a noise made by people arguing or fighting:

There was a big commotion going on outside the building.


He went downstairs to find out what was causing the commotion.

▪ clamour British English , clamor American English literary a loud noise made by a group of people or things all making a noise at the same time:

They heard the clamour of angry voices.


the clamor of the rain on the roof


the clamour of typewriters


the clamour of the birds

II. noise 2 BrE AmE verb

be noised abroad/about/around old-fashioned especially British English if news or information is noised abroad, people are talking about it:

Rumours of an election are being noised abroad.

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