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

  • n. A narrow, ribbonlike strip of dried dough, usually made of flour, eggs, and water.
  • n. Slang The human head.
  • n. Slang A weak, foolish, or stupid person.
  • intransitive v. Slang To improvise music on an instrument in an idle, haphazard fashion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A string or strip of pasta.
  • n. A person with poor judgement; a fool.
  • n. The brain, the head.
  • n. A pool noodle.
  • v. To fish (usually for very large catfish) without any equipment other than the fisherman's own body
  • v. To think or ponder.
  • v. To fiddle, play with, or mess around.
  • v. To improvise music.
  • v. To fossick, especially for opals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A simpleton; a blockhead; a stupid person; a ninny.
  • n. The head; also, noddle; -- used jocosely or contemptuously.
  • n. A thin strip of dough, made with eggs, rolled up, cut into small pieces, and used in soup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A simpleton.
  • n. Dough formed into long and thin narrow strips, or, sometimes, into other shapes, dried, and used in soup.

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

  • n. a ribbonlike strip of pasta
  • n. informal terms for a human head


German Nudel.
Probably alteration of noddle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The sense "string of pasta" is from the German word Nudel; cognate to the Dutch noedel, Swedish nudel (the Flemish word noedel is also from German); of uncertain origin. The senses "fool" and "brain, head" are probably unrelated. (Wiktionary)



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