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noddy

[nod-ee]
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noun, plural nod·dies.
  1. any of several dark-bodied terns of the genera Anous and Micranous found about the coasts and islands in warm seas of both the New and Old Worlds, often so tame as to seem stupid.
  2. a fool or simpleton; noodle.

Origin of noddy

1520–30; perhaps noun use of obsolete noddy (adj.) silly. See nod, -y1
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Examples from the Web for noddy

Historical Examples

  • "Oh, nothing like that," Noddy assured him as he hurried off.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code

    John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton

  • After the restoration of Noddy, they began to survey the situation.

    The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code

    John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton

  • Noddy was completely exhausted by his labors and his solicitude.

    Work and Win

    Oliver Optic

  • "I will show you in a moment," replied Noddy, as he ran up the main shrouds.

    Work and Win

    Oliver Optic

  • But she could not expose Noddy to any penalty which he did not deserve.

    Work and Win

    Oliver Optic


British Dictionary definitions for noddy

noddy1

noun plural -dies
  1. any of several tropical terns of the genus Anous, esp A. stolidus (common noddy), typically having a dark plumage
  2. a fool or dunce

Word Origin

C16: perhaps noun use of obsolete noddy foolish, drowsy, perhaps from nod (vb); the bird is so called because it allows itself to be caught by hand

noddy2

noun plural -dies
  1. (usually plural) television film footage of an interviewer's reactions to comments made by an interviewee, used in editing the interview after it has been recorded

Word Origin

C20: from nod

noddy3

adjective
  1. informal very easy to use or understand; simplistic

Word Origin

C20: origin unknown
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