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noyer (plural noyers)

  1. (obsolete) An annoyer.
    • Thomas Tusser
      The North is a noyer to grass of all suites, / The East a destroyer to herb and all fruits.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for noyer in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)




Etymology 1[edit]

From Vulgar Latin nucārius (nut tree) from Classical Latin nux. Compare Spanish noguera, Portuguese nogueira, Catalan noguera, Occitan noguièr.


noyer m (plural noyers)

  1. walnut (tree)
Related terms[edit]
  • noix (walnut, the nut)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French noier, from Latin necāre, present active infinitive of necō (kill). The sense of "to drown" can be found in other Romance cognates; compare Italian annegare, Spanish anegar, Romanian îneca.



  1. (transitive) To drown
    J'ai noyé mon chien dans le fleuve.
    I drowned my dog in the river.
  2. (cooking) To water down
    Il faut noyer le vin avec de l'eau.
    You must water down the wine.

se noyer

  1. (reflexive) To drown; to drown oneself
    Elle s'est noyée dans l'océan.
    She drowned in the ocean.

This verb is part of a large group of -er verbs that conjugate like employer or ennuyer. These verbs always replace the ‘y’ with an ‘i’ before a silent ‘e’.

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