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noddy

[nod-ee] /ˈnɒd i/
noun, plural noddies.
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
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps noun use of obsolete noddy (adj.) silly. See nod, -y1
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  • "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
  • But she could not expose noddy to any penalty which he did not deserve.

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  • "I've had enough of it," replied noddy, as he returned to the ring.

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  • You understand that I am your friend, noddy, and that no harm shall come to you.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • Mollie then told him about her conversation with noddy, and of the boy's desire to go to sea with them.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • noddy took it very reluctantly, and felt just as though he was stealing it.

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  • noddy and Mollie wept bitterly, for they felt that they had lost a good friend.

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  • noddy was appalled at this sight, for he knew too well what these indications meant.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for noddy

noddy1

/ˈnɒdɪ/
noun (pl) -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

/ˈnɒdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(usually pl) (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

/ˈnɒdɪ/
adjective
1.
(informal) very easy to use or understand; simplistic
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown
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