- a narrow strip of unleavened egg dough that has been rolled thin and dried, boiled, and served alone or in soups, casseroles, etc.; a ribbon-shaped pasta.
Origin of noodle1
- Slang. the head.
- a fool or simpleton.
Origin of noodle2
- to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise.
- to play; toy: to noodle with numbers as a hobby.
- to improvise, experiment, or think creatively: The writers noodled for a week and came up with a better idea for the ad campaign.
- to manipulate or tamper with: She denied that she had noodled the statistics to get a favorable result.
- to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment (sometimes followed by up): The architects noodled up a model of a solar house.
- noodle around, Informal. to play, experiment, or improvise.
Origin of noodle3
Examples from the Web for noodle
Early arrival is essential unless you enjoy waiting 20 minutes for noodle soup.It’s Tampa Time This Summer
July 10, 2014
“Feel my noodle,” he says as he lowers a forkful onto her face.How ‘Real World’ Sean Duffy Morphed Into the Shutdown Congressman
October 10, 2013
The question surrounding the noodle recedes, replaced by new ones: What makes a marriage?
Her belly is full, but the case of the noodle remains unsatisfyingly open.
But imagine if those kindergarten children began to insist that their noodle art was the absolute, perfect truth!David's Book Club: In the Shadow of the Sword
June 4, 2012
Just you get it into your noodle that I mean to be quite free.
Helen, go after him—do anything—anything—to make the noodle understand.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Put a noodle over him and that noodle's life will be a burden.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He is a kind of softie—all alive on one side of his brain, and a noodle on the other.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
This silly French noodle is going to get the things in spite of us.Cleek, the Master Detective</p>
Thomas W. Hanshew
- (often plural) a ribbon-like strip of pasta: noodles are often served in soup or with a sauce
- US and Canadian a slang word for head (def. 1)
- a simpleton
- (intr) slang to improvise aimlessly on a musical instrument
Word Origin and History for noodle
"narrow strip of dried dough," 1779, from German Nudel, which is of unknown origin. West Flemish noedel and French nouille are German loan-words. The older noun meaning "simpleton, stupid person" (1753) probably is an unrelated word, as is the slang word for "head" (attested from 1914).
1937 (implied in noodling), from noun meaning "improvised music," 1926, probably from noodle (n.), on analogy of the suppleness of the food and that of the trills and improvised phrases in jazz improvisations. Related: Noodled.