- The definition of a noodle is a flat, wide strip of pasta, or a foolish person.
- An example of a noodle is a pasta often eaten in a butter sauce.
- An example of a noodle is a person who constantly makes dumb mistakes.
A pile of noodles with herbs.
- a simpleton; fool
- Slang the head
Origin of noodleprobably ; from noddle
Origin of noodleGerman nudel
intransitive verbnoo·dled, noo·dling, noo·dles
Origin of noodleOrigin unknown.
intransitive verbnoo·dled, noo·dling, noo·dles Slang
Origin of noodleImitative.
- The human head.
- A weak, foolish, or stupid person.
Origin of noodleProbably alteration of noddle.
Origin of noodleGerman Nudel, perhaps alteration of Kn&odie;del, dumpling (from late Middle High German) or perhaps from Ladin (dialect of the Dolomite Alps) menùdli, small square soup noodle (from Latin minūtulus, very small, diminutive of minūtus, small; see minute1).
(third-person singular simple present noodles, present participle noodling, simple past and past participle noodled)
- (fishing) To fish (usually for very large catfish) without any equipment other than the fisherman's own body
- Fred had several lacerations on his hands from noodling for flathead in the river.
- To think or ponder.
- He noodled over the problem for a day or two before making a decision.
- "Noodle that thought around for a while" said Dr. Johnson to his Biblical Interpretations class
- To fiddle, play with, or mess around.
- If the machine is really broken, noodling with the knobs is not going to fix it.
- To improvise music.
- He has been noodling with that trumpet all afternoon, and every bit of it sounds awful.
- (Australia) To fossick, especially for opals.
(string of pasta): From German Nudel of uncertain origin; cognate to Dutch noedel, Swedish nudel (the West Flemish noedel is also from German). The senses "fool" and "brain, head" are probably unrelated.