American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dunce or fool; a simpleton.
- n. Any of several terns of the genera Anous and Micranous, found in tropical waters and having a dark brown or black color with a white or gray head.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A simpleton; a fool.
- n. A large dark-colored tern or sea-swallow of the subfamily Sterninæ and the group Anoëæ or genus Anoüs, found on most tropical and warm-temperate sea-coasts: so called from their apparent stupidity. The several species are much alike, having a sooty-brown or fuliginous plumage, with the top of the head white, the bill and feet black, large pointed wings, and long graduated tail. The common noddy is Anoüs stolidus, which abounds on the southern Atlantic coast of the United states and elsewhere. See cut under
- n. The murre, Lomvia troile.
- n. The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida.
- n. An old game of cards, supposed to have been played like cribbage.
- n. The knave in this game.
- n. A kind of four-wheeled cab with the door at the back, formerly in use.
- To make a fool of.
- n. A device designed to show the oscillation of the support of a pendulum. It consists of an inverted pendulum held in a vertical position by a reed or spring connecting it with its support. The force tending to restore the noddy to the vertical is the excess of the force of the spring over the moment of gravity, and its oscillation is therefore generally slow.
- n. television A cutaway scene of a television interviewer nodding, used to cover an editing gap in an interview.
- n. A stupid or silly person.
- n. Any of several stout-bodied, gregarious terns of the genera Anous and Procelsterna, found in tropical seas.
- n. dated A small two-wheeled vehicle drawn by a single horse.
- n. An inverted pendulum consisting of a short vertical flat spring which supports a rod having a bob at the top; used for detecting and measuring slight horizontal vibrations of a body to which it is attached.
- n. obsolete, uncountable An old card game.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A simpleton; a fool.
- n. Any tern of the genus Anous, as Anous stolidus.
- n. The arctic fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis). Sometimes also applied to other sea birds.
- n. An old game at cards.
- n. A small two-wheeled one-horse vehicle.
- n. An inverted pendulum consisting of a short vertical flat spring which supports a rod having a bob at the top; -- used for detecting and measuring slight horizontal vibrations of a body to which it is attached.
- nod + -y? (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from obsolete noddy, foolish, possibly from nod. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“126: Hauing nothing but the word noddy for my paines.”
“Turned out Sage’s parents were historians, he said, so they first taught him the precursor to cribbage, a game called noddy.”
“But Brewmasters Steve MacMillan and Jon Christensen want you to know more about what goes into your glass than just "dünkel," "triple-bock," "noddy" or "porter.”
“Marry, sir, the letter, very orderly; having nothing but the word 'noddy' for my pains.”
“_ Marry, sir, the letter, very orderly; having nothing but the word 'noddy' for my pains.”
“He makes great use of strategic pauses, dewy eyed, head-noddy moments in which he surveys the crowd with a sort of entitled awe and exchanges meaningful looks with Sambora, Bryan and Tico.”
“No imported fuel dependency, no silly "noddy car" image issues, plus there's the added advantage of that British/German confluence, which, ahem, has worked so well for the royals in the past…”
“Theodora Richards has posed nude, and Jade Jagger loves nothing more than an Ibizan frolic in what English schhoolgirls used to call "the noddy.”
“Similar pressures may be threatening the breeding colonies of red-footed booby of Half-Moon Caye, and of common noddy of Glover's Reef.”
“Major seabird and waterbird colonies include those of red-footed booby Sula sula (3,000-4,000 individuals) on Half Moon Caye, brown booby Sula leucogaster on Man O'War Caye, and common noddy Anous stolidus on Glover's Reef.”
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