noodling

noodle

3 [nood-l]
verb (used without object), noodled, noodling.
1.
to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise.
2.
Informal.
a.
to play; toy: to noodle with numbers as a hobby.
b.
to improvise, experiment, or think creatively: The writers noodled for a week and came up with a better idea for the ad campaign.
verb (used with object), noodled, noodling.
3.
Informal.
a.
to manipulate or tamper with: She denied that she had noodled the statistics to get a favorable result.
b.
to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment (sometimes followed by up ): The architects noodled up a model of a solar house.
Verb phrases
4.
noodle around, Informal. to play, experiment, or improvise.

Origin:
1935–40, Americanism; origin uncertain

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noodle1 (ˈnuːdəl)
 
n
(often plural) a ribbon-like strip of pasta: noodles are often served in soup or with a sauce
 
[C18: from German Nudel, origin obscure]

noodle2 (ˈnuːdəl)
 
n
1.  (US), (Canadian) a slang word for head
2.  a simpleton
 
[C18: perhaps a blend of noddle1 and noodle1]

noodle3 (ˈnuːdəl)
 
vb
slang (intr) to improvise aimlessly on a musical instrument

noodling (ˈnuːdlɪŋ)
 
n
slang aimless musical improvisation

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Word Origin & History

noodle
"narrow strip of dried dough," 1779, from Ger. Nudel, of unknown origin. W.Flem. noedel and Fr. nouille are Ger. loan-words. The older noun meaning "simpleton, stupid person" (1753) probably is an unrelated word, as is the slang word for "head" (attested from 1914).

noodle
"improvised music" (n.), 1926, probably from noodle (n.), on analogy of the suppleness of the food and that of the trills and improvised phrases. The verb is first attested 1937 (implied in noodling).
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noodle definition


  1. n.
    (one's) head. : Put your hat on your noodle, and let's go.
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