One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1dated A foolish person.
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘She is great relief from the rubber stamping noddies.’
- ‘Well it must be a bit of a laff feeding all them job applications you get through the shredder thinking of all them noddies waiting for a reply, while all the time I was in the frame for the job.’
- ‘Who wants to go to a tacky West End celebrity hang-out, when celebrity is ten a penny and likely to comprise only noddies?’
- ‘I don't know what this is about, either they make really great pies in Birkenhead, or some noddy missed the r from piers.’
2A tropical tern with mainly dark-coloured plumage.
Genera Anous and Procelsterna, family Sternidae (or Laridae): four species
- ‘In The Big Year we relive their searches up snowy mountains to see ptarmigan, their boat trips to see noddies and albatrosses, their chartered helicopter rides to see Himalayan snowcocks in the Nevada desert.’
- ‘And, with seabird droppings showering the coastal spinifex each day, there is dense cover for thousands of nesting birds, which include frigates, boobies, noddies and Bridled Terns.’
- ‘Several noddies flew around, leaving me in despair again.’
- ‘It was an amazing sight, covered with hundreds of arctic and little terns and white-capped noddies with their chocolate-brown bodies.’
3informal A brief shot in a filmed interview in which the interviewer nods in agreement or acknowledgement.
- ‘For some time after Frontline went to air on Australian television, noddies fell out of favour with the commercial networks.’
- ‘Also, make the reporters part of the story, using noddies, two-shots and live crosses in anoraks as often as possible.’
A character in the writings of Enid Blyton, a toy figure of a boy whose head is fixed in such a way that he has to nod when he speaks.
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