noodle

1
[ nood-l ]
/ ˈnud l /

noun

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.

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Origin of noodle

1
First recorded in 1770–80, noodle is from the German word Nudel

Definition for noodle (2 of 3)

noodle2
[ nood-l ]
/ ˈnud l /

noun

Slang. the head.
a fool or simpleton.

Origin of noodle

2
1745–55; perhaps variant of noddle (with oo from fool1)

Definition for noodle (3 of 3)

noodle3
[ nood-l ]
/ ˈnud l /

verb (used without object), noo·dled, noo·dling.

to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise.
Informal.
  1. to play; toy: to noodle with numbers as a hobby.
  2. to improvise, experiment, or think creatively: The writers noodled for a week and came up with a better idea for the ad campaign.

verb (used with object), noo·dled, noo·dling.

Informal.
  1. to manipulate or tamper with: She denied that she had noodled the statistics to get a favorable result.
  2. to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment (sometimes followed by up): The architects noodled up a model of a solar house.

Verb Phrases

noodle around, Informal. to play, experiment, or improvise.

Origin of noodle

3
An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for noodle (1 of 3)

noodle1
/ (ˈnuːdəl) /

noun

(often plural) a ribbon-like strip of pasta: noodles are often served in soup or with a sauce

Word Origin for noodle

C18: from German Nudel, origin obscure

British Dictionary definitions for noodle (2 of 3)

noodle2
/ (ˈnuːdəl) /

noun

US and Canadian a slang word for head (def. 1)
a simpleton

Word Origin for noodle

C18: perhaps a blend of noddle 1 and noodle 1

British Dictionary definitions for noodle (3 of 3)

noodle3
/ (ˈnuːdəl) /

verb

(intr) slang to improvise aimlessly on a musical instrument
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