Green’s Dictionary of Slang

noise n.1

1. [mid-19C+] a complaint.

2. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a row.

3. [mid-19C+] (US) chatter, gossip, empty, foolish talk.

4. [1900s–20s] (US) the world of the city (as opposed to the supposed quaintness of the countryside).

5. [1900s–30s] a (self-)important person.

6. [1920s+] (US) information, the know.

7. [1960s+] (US/W.I.) serious trouble.

In derivatives

noisy (adj.)

[late 19C+] (US) of clothes, showy, ‘loud’.

In compounds

noisebox (n.)

[1940s] (W.I.) the voice.

In phrases

be in noise (v.)

[1970s+] (W.I.) to be in trouble.

make a noise (v.)

[1960s] (Aus.) to buy a round of drinks.

make noises (v.)

[1950s+] to discuss, with the implication that one wishes to take some form of action.

real noise (n.)

[1900s] (US) the height of fashion.

In exclamations

hold your noise! (also hold your din! ...row!)

[mid-19C+] shut up! stop talking!

SE in slang uses

In phrases

make a noise like... (v.) [the original (perfectly serious) use apparently came in Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys (1908), in which scouts in danger of detection are advised to take cover and ‘make a noise like a (say) thrush’, although cits. predate this]

[20C+] to pretend to be, usu. as an imper. command that is rendered humorous through its impossibility, e.g. go into the changing room and make a noise like a cricket bat (cf. make like (a)... v.).

In exclamations

bring the noise! (US black)

[1990s+] turn up the volume.

fuck that noise! [fig. use of fuck v.]

[1980s+] (US) forget it! rubbish! what a bore!