from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tool used to make skeins from yarn, consisting of a central bar with crossbars at each end, offset from each other by 90°.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as niddle-noddle, v. Carlyle.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • You may want to grab a niddy-noddy and figure out what kind of yardage you have in these little balls, or you can just wing it.

    Step 9: Take stock of your scraps

  • The yarn might be wound from the spindle into skeins in another way, -- by using a hand-reel, an implement which really did exist in every farmhouse, though the dictionaries are ignorant of it, as they are of its universal folk-name, niddy-noddy.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • As it was at a time of English prohibitions and restrictions of American manufactures, this niddy-noddy, as an accessory and promoter of colonial wool manufacture, was smuggled into the country.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

  • (No niddy-noddy. just up-ended a chair and used the legs.) 2 more washes and the smell was gone.

    All Tangled Up

  • I need to niddy-noddy them to get the yardage, I think.

    British Blogs

  • But still, after I'd wound it off on the niddy-noddy, the relaxed skeins still looked like something I'd be afraid to bother knitting with.

    The Heathen Housewife

  • My hubby works with wood … I was tired of pouting so I went out and bought my niddy-noddy, sort of like the plumbers wife! News

  • " Marsali began winding the thread onto the niddy-noddy, a small, seemingly permanent frown showing between her fair brows.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes


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