Noddy meaning

nŏdē
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A fool; simpleton.
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A dunce or fool; a simpleton.
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Any of several terns of the genera Anous and Procelsterna, found in tropical waters and usually having dark brown or black plumage with a white or gray head.
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Any of a genus (Anous) of tropical terns with dark body feathers and pale gray crown.
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A stupid or silly person.

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Any of several stout-bodied, gregarious terns of the genera Anous and Procelsterna, found in tropical seas.
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(dated) A small two-wheeled vehicle drawn by a single horse.
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An inverted pendulum consisting of a short vertical flat spring which supports a rod having a bob at the top; used for detecting and measuring slight horizontal vibrations of a body to which it is attached.
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(television) A cutaway scene of a television interviewer nodding, used to cover an editing gap in an interview.

Noddies are often filmed after the interview in question has finished.

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Origin of noddy

  • Perhaps from obsolete noddy foolish possibly from nod

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably a shortening of noddypoll, a now obsolete alteration of hoddypoll, "fumbling inept person".

    From Wiktionary

  • nod +"Ž -y, coined by John Fiske in 1987.

    From Wiktionary

  • nod +"Ž -y?

    From Wiktionary