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Friday, January 04, 2019

Definitions for noodle

  1. Informal. a. to improvise, experiment, or think creatively: The writers noodled for a week and came up with a better idea for the ad campaign. b. to play; toy: to noodle with numbers as a hobby.
  2. to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise.
  3. Informal. a. to manipulate or tamper with: She denied that she had noodled the statistics to get a favorable result. b. to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment (sometimes followed by up): The architects noodled up a model of a solar house.

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Citations for noodle
80 percent of surveyed drivers ranked their driving skills as “above average.” Noodle on that one. Tim Herrera, "How to Spot and Overcome Your Hidden Weaknesses," New York Times, April 23, 2018
On the side, he noodled around with the potentially lucrative idea for a heat pump that would use cheap, abundant water in place of costly environmentally unfriendly refrigerants. , "Test yields weapon of mass hydration," The Vindicator, August 9, 1998
Origin of noodle
1770-1780
The verb noodle “to improvise, think creatively, brainstorm” seems to have originally been American college slang dating from the mid-1940s. Noodle may derive from the German verb nudeln “to sing or play music in a low undertone or in improvisation (as in jazz),” a sense existing in English since the mid-1930s.
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