follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

noddy

[nod-ee] /ˈnɒd i/
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 of noddy
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps noun use of obsolete noddy (adj.) silly. See nod, -y1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for noddy
Historical Examples
  • In the forenoon the vessel passed Highland Light, and before night noddy saw the last of the land.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • noddy drew a bucket of water at the pier, and carried it into the boat-house.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • But noddy was not at homeat least, that is what the maid said who answered Jerrys ring.

  • "I am going to take care of myself, sir," said noddy, with easy indifference.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • They did not belong to the company, and noddy was quite sure he had often seen them in Whitestone.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • But she could not expose noddy to any penalty which he did not deserve.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • "I don't know; I will see," replied noddy, as he crawled through the aperture, and reached the deck.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • noddy reached the Glen, and no sound of pursuers could be heard.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • Come on, well follow them now and see what they are doing, and noddy seemed ready to start off.

    The Motor Boys in Mexico Clarence Young
  • "I'm at home in that," replied noddy, throwing off his jacket.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for noddy

noddy1

/ˈnɒdɪ/
noun (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
Word Origin
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/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
(usually pl) (television) film footage of an interviewer's reactions to comments made by an interviewee, used in editing the interview after it has been recorded
Word Origin
C20: from nod

noddy3

/ˈnɒdɪ/
adjective
1.
(informal) very easy to use or understand; simplistic
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
noddy in Technology

/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.
[Jargon File]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for noddy

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for noddy

10
10
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for noddy