Markets are ________. I am looking for an adjective that is similar to noisy.


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You could consider "Cacophonous."

The definition doesn't mention noisy, but instead, harsh-sounds, but I think it's implied and what readers would "visualize" with the mind's eye. In fact, nearly all the examples provided by Merriam-Webster have loud sounds associated with them: "clash of steel," "the roar of a cannon," and "the screams of wounded and dying men."

Example from Merriam:

Florence in the spring is already a cacophonous babel of tourists, guides, and souvenir hawkers clogging narrow streets, crowding ancient piazzas.

— Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Exclusive: Tour Florence's Rarely Seen Palazzo Spini Feroni," 27 Feb. 2019


Perhaps Bedlam might fit the meaning that you are looking for, although it is a noun and not an adjective.

It also connotes confusion as well as noise, which might relate well to a typical marketplace.


a noisy situation with no order: "It was bedlam at the football stadium after the match was suspended."


Perhaps boisterous fits your needs. It means noisy and cheerful

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uproarious (adjective):

extremely noisy and confused

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