Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The head.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun an informal British expression for head or mind

Etymologies

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

[Middle English noddel, back of the head, perhaps from Latin nōdulus, lump, knob; see nodule.]

Examples

  • And had it not been that they had very well antidoted their stomach, heart, and wine-pot, which is called the noddle, they had been altogether suffocated and choked with these detestable vapours.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • And had it not been that they had very well antidoted their stomach, heart, and wine-pot, which is called the noddle, they had been altogether suffocated and choked with these detestable vapours.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • And had it not been that they had very well antidoted their stomach, heart, and wine-pot, which is called the noddle, they had been altogether suffocated and choked with these detestable vapours.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 2

  • He was an Oxford man before he went wild and wrong, and it was he who had set the Oxford bee buzzing in my noddle.

    SHIN-BONES

  • When your "barmie noddle" is working at full tilt, its optimum moment may often be tantalisingly brief.

    Graham Greene and the search for that 'Eureka!' moment

  • It just has not entered Cameron ` s pretty noddle that people do not CARE about the promotion of the gay and green agendas.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Mr Briggs then, saying he had an engagement upon business, declined settling his own accounts till another time, but promised to see Cecilia again soon, and added, “be sure take care of that old Mr Bounce! cracked in the noddle; see that with half an eye! better not trust him! break out some day: do you a mischief!”

    Cecilia

  • We couldn't find what I wanted in any of our cookbooks so we had settled on just chicken noddle.

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  • Presently the drink got into his noddle, drunkenness mastered him and he knew not hand from head, so that he lolled from side to side in joy and inclined to the youths one and all, anon kissing them and anon embracing them leg overlying leg.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • I believe, in my conscience, there was some odd mistake in their births, and that my mother took away the brains of the man, and left the woman's for the noddle of my poor uncle. '

    Camilla

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  • Citation on verb-grinder.

    September 19, 2008

  • Citation on spick and span.

    October 10, 2008

  • This may, though the "brain looks like a bunch of noodles stuck together" theory has a certain visual appeal", be the origin of use your noodle

    October 4, 2010

  • Isn't this what people who stand in the background behind politicians do?

    October 4, 2010

  • which is not to say they don't also doddle and maffle

    October 4, 2010