[noi-suh m] /ˈnɔɪ səm/

offensive or disgusting, as an odor.
harmful or injurious to health; noxious.
(esp of smells) offensive
harmful or noxious

late 14c., “harmful, noxious,” from noye “harm, misfortune,” shortened form of anoi “annoyance” (from Old French anoier, see annoy) + -some (1). Meaning “bad-smelling” first recorded 1570s. Related: Noisomeness.


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