from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • noun a ribbonlike strip of pasta
  • noun informal terms for a human head


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.



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  • See also pool noodle

    February 7, 2008