noodling

[ nood-ling ]
/ ˈnud lɪŋ /
Chiefly Midland U.S.

verb

present participle of noodle4: I learned the hard way why noodling for catfish is considered dangerous.

noun

the act of catching fish, especially catfish, with only one’s bare hands: Some states have banned noodling, citing the dangers of the activity as well as concern over sustainability of the fish populations.

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Origin of noodling

First recorded in 1935–40; noodl(e)4 + -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for noodling

noodling
/ (ˈnuːdlɪŋ) /

noun

slang aimless musical improvisation
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