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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the head; the part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth and main sense organs.
  • n. the head; the seat of mental capacity or intellect
  • n. the back of the head, nape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The head; also, noodle; -- used jocosely or contemptuously.
  • n. The back part of the head or neck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make light and frequent nods.
  • To nod or cause to nod frequently.
  • n. The back part of the head or neck; also, the cerebellum.
  • n. The head.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an informal British expression for head or mind

Etymologies

Middle English noddel, back of the head, perhaps from Latin nōdulus, lump, knob; see nodule.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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