- 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
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Contemporary Examples of noodling
In 1998, Joel Thomas Zimmerman was 16 years old, noodling around with vintage DOS music software like Impulse Tracker.Mickey Mouse Takes Deadmau5 to Court
September 3, 2014
Scott Brusaw had been noodling with the idea since he was a kid.Pave the Roads With Solar Panels?
The Daily Beast
June 3, 2014
“Uh, I'm not going to be doing a lot of noodling,” Romney said.
I enjoy fly-fishing, but noodling, I'm afraid, I'll leave to Paul.
But doing some noodling around on my own suggests that you have to go back to 1968 to find such a result.Michael Tomasky on Mitt Romney, the Unlikable Presidential Candidate
May 13, 2012
Historical Examples of noodling
Young ganders and any old ganders or geese which are to be marketed are used for noodling.
Noodling geese is a method of hand feeding which has for its purpose the production of the best fattened geese.
- slang aimless musical improvisation
- (often plural) a ribbon-like strip of pasta: noodles are often served in soup or with a sauce
Word Origin for noodle
- US and Canadian a slang word for head (def. 1)
- a simpleton
Word Origin for noodle
- (intr) slang to improvise aimlessly on a musical instrument
"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.