Noodle meaning

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To play or improvise idly on a musical instrument.
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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.

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A simpleton; fool.
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A flat, narrow strip of dry dough, usually made with egg and served in soup, baked in casseroles, etc.
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The human head.
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The head.
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(usually in plural) A string or strip of pasta.

She slurped a long noodle up out of her soup.

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A weak, foolish, or stupid person.
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To improvise music on an instrument in an idle, haphazard fashion.
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To catch or try to catch a fish, usually a catfish, by hand, characteristically by allowing the fish to bite one's hand or placing one's hand in the fish's mouth, and then grabbing the fish by the mouth or through the gills.
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To explore an idea.
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(colloquial) A person with poor judgement; a fool.

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(colloquial) The brain, the head.
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(colloquial) A pool noodle.
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(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.

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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.

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To fiddle, play with, or mess around.

If the machine is really broken, noodling with the knobs is not going to fix it.

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To improvise music.

He has been noodling with that trumpet all afternoon, and every bit of it sounds awful.

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(Australia) To fossick, especially for opals.
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A narrow, ribbonlike strip of dough, usually made of flour, eggs, and water.
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Origin of noodle

  • German 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 minute1)

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

  • Probably alteration of noddle

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

  • Origin unknown.

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

  • Imitative

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

  • (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.

    From Wiktionary