A pile of noodles with herbs.
- 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 simpleton; fool
- Slang the head
Origin of noodleprobably from noddle
Origin of noodleGerman nudel
intransitive verb-·dled, -·dling
- to play or improvise idly on a musical instrument
Origin of noodleprob. < noodle, sense to explore an idea
Origin of noodleprobably echoic variant, variety of doodle
Origin of noodleGerman Nudel perhaps alteration of Knödel 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 minute 1. )
- The human head.
- A weak, foolish, or stupid person.
Origin of noodleProbably alteration of noddle
intransitive verbnoo·dled, noo·dling, noo·dles Slang
Origin of noodleImitative
intransitive verbnoo·dled, noo·dling, noo·dles
Origin of noodleOrigin unknown.
(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.