noddy
noun (plural noddies) Etymology: probably short for obsolete noddypoll, alteration of hoddypoll fumbling inept person Date: circa 1530 1. a stupid person 2. any of several stout-bodied terns (especially genus Anous) of warm seas

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, , / , , (Sterna solida)


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  • Noddy™ — [Noddy] a character in a series of young children’s books by Enid Blyton, the first of which was published in 1949. Noddy is a small boy with a large head on which he wears a long blue cap with a bell on the end of it. He lives in Toytown and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Noddy — Nod dy, n.; pl. {Noddies}. [Prob. fr. nod to incline the head, either as in assent, or from drowsiness.] 1. A simpleton; a fool. L Estrange. Syn: tomnoddy. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) Any tern of the genus {Anous}, as {Anous stolidus}. (b)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • noddy — [näd′ē] n. pl. noddies [< ? NOD + Y3] 1. a fool; simpleton 2. any of a genus (Anous) of tropical terns with dark body feathers and pale gray crown …   English World dictionary

  • Noddy — Contents 1 Fictional characters 2 People 3 Vehicles Noddy may refer to: Noddy …   Wikipedia

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  • Noddy{™} — a character in a series of young children’s books by Enid Blyton, the first of which was published in 1949. Noddy is a small boy with a large head on which he wears a long blue cap with a bell on the end of it. He lives in Toytown and drives a… …   Universalium

  • noddy —    British    a policeman    By translation from PC Plod (see plod) whose exemplary behaviour graced the Noddy books:     ... hardly worth the shoe leather of the luckless noddy taking statements. (Blacker, 1992) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • noddy — I. /ˈnɒdi/ (say nodee) noun (plural noddies) 1. any of several dusky, white capped terns of the genus Anous, frequenting warm coastal and offshore areas, usually so fearless of humans as to seem stupid. 2. a fool or simpleton. {? British noddy… …   Australian English dictionary

  • noddy — /nod ee/, n., pl. 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.… …   Universalium

  • noddy — Mawdesley Glossary a fool. An ignorant person, 1st of April Fool April day noddy …   English dialects glossary

  • noddy — n British a buffoon, simpleton, clumsy or ungainly person. In modern usage the term has been specifically applied to low ranking police officers by members of the CID and public. Noddy is an archaic rustic term for a simple minded or cloddish… …   Contemporary slang

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