1. Noxious to health; hurtful; mischievous; unwholesome; insalubrious; destructive; as, noisome effluvia. “Noisome pestilence.”
2. Offensive to the smell or other senses; disgusting; fetid. “Foul breath is noisome.”
-- Noi*some*ly, adv. -- Noi*some*ness, n.
Syn: -- Noxious; unwholesome; insalubrious; mischievous; destructive.
Usage: -- Noisome, Noxious. These words have to a great extent been interchanged; but there is a tendency to make a distinction between them, applying noxious to things that inflict evil directly; as, a noxious plant, noxious practices, etc., and noisome to things that operate with a remoter influence; as, noisome vapors, a noisome pestilence, etc. Noisome has the additional sense of disqusting. A garden may be free from noxious weeds or animals; but, if recently covered with manure, it may be filled with a noisome smell.
adj 1: causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell";
"nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench" [syn: nauseating,
nauseous, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile]
2: offensively malodorous; "a putrid smell" [syn: fetid, foetid,
foul, foul-smelling, funky, smelly, putrid, stinking]