noddy

[nod-ee]
noun, plural noddies.
1.
any of several dark-bodied terns of the genera Anous and Micranous found about the coasts and islands in warm seas of both the New and Old Worlds, often so tame as to seem stupid.
2.
a fool or simpleton; noodle.

Origin:
1520–30; perhaps noun use of obsolete noddy (adj.) silly. See nod, -y1

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noddy1 (ˈnɒdɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
1.  any of several tropical terns of the genus Anous, esp A. stolidus (common noddy), typically having a dark plumage
2.  a fool or dunce
 
[C16: perhaps noun use of obsolete noddy foolish, drowsy, perhaps from nod (vb); the bird is so called because it allows itself to be caught by hand]

noddy2 (ˈnɒdɪ)
 
n , pl -dies
(usually plural) television film footage of an interviewer's reactions to comments made by an interviewee, used in editing the interview after it has been recorded
 
[C20: from nod]

noddy3 (ˈnɒdɪ)
 
adj
informal very easy to use or understand; simplistic
 
[C20: origin unknown]

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noddy definition


/nod'ee/ [UK: from the children's books] 1. Small and un-useful, but demonstrating a point. Noddy programs are often written by people learning a new language or system. The archetypal noddy program is hello, world. Noddy code may be used to demonstrate a feature or bug of a compiler. May be used of real hardware or software to imply that it isn't worth using. "This editor's a bit noddy."
2. A program that is more or less instant to produce. In this use, the term does not necessarily connote uselessness, but describes a hack sufficiently trivial that it can be written and debugged while carrying on (and during the space of) a normal conversation. "I'll just throw together a noddy awk script to dump all the first fields." In North America this might be called a mickey mouse program. See toy program.
3. A simple (hence the name) language to handle text and interaction on the Memotech home computer. Has died with the machine.
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The common term noddy comes from the stereotyped head-nodding courtship displays between adults.
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