• noun: a loud or unpleasant sound
  • noun: loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry
  • verb: to talk much or loudly
  • usually used with 'about' or 'abroad'


  • She started 'making noises''about' running for office. [=she started saying things that showed she was thinking about running for office]

  • Politicians are 'making (all) the right noises' about improving the schools, but they don't want to spend any money to do it.

  • Congress has been 'making' (a lot of) 'noise' about lowering taxes, but no one expects it to happen.

Movie clips

Movie quotes

  • (..) That doesn't sound good. Bloody hell! That's an Ukrainian Ironbelly. Here. It's been trained to expect pain when it hears the noise. That's barbaric! Blimey! You seem you're gonna try that one to get over here? No kind of magic would work in here. (..)
    2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2