Walk into the average school cafeteria at lunchtime, and you'll get a good sense of what a din is — loud, confused, continuous, generally unpleasant, and often potentially headache-inducing noise.

Who knew noise pollution was a problem in ancient times? Humans have been experiencing loud, sustained, annoying sounds for centuries, judging by the etymology of the word din. It traces its roots back to Old English dyne or dynn, which had the same meaning as din does today, only with a different pronunciation. Before that, it popped up in Old Norse as dynr and meant to "come rumbling down" — fitting, from the language that gave us Thor, the God of Thunder.

Definitions of din

n a loud, harsh, or strident noise

blare, blaring, cacophony, clamor, clamour
Type of:
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n the act of making a noisy disturbance

commotion, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, tumult
ado, bustle, flurry, fuss, hustle, stir
a rapid active commotion
Type of:
the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

v make a resonant sound, like artillery

Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v instill (into a person) by constant repetition

“he dinned the lessons into his students”
Type of:
inculcate, infuse, instill
teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

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