- 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.
- a fool or simpleton; noodle.
Origin of noddy
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Examples from the Web for noddy
"Oh, nothing like that," Noddy assured him as he hurried off.
After the restoration of Noddy, they began to survey the situation.
Noddy was completely exhausted by his labors and his solicitude.
"I will show you in a moment," replied Noddy, as he ran up the main shrouds.
But she could not expose Noddy to any penalty which he did not deserve.
- any of several tropical terns of the genus Anous, esp A. stolidus (common noddy), typically having a dark plumage
- a fool or dunce
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
- (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
C20: from nod
- informal very easy to use or understand; simplistic
C20: origin unknown
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