One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person's head.
fool, simpleton, innocent, dupe, gullView synonyms
- ‘If you haven't got a spare battery and you need to use your notebook during that week, you'll have to use your noddle or go back to good old fashioned paper and pen.’
- ‘And why doesn't it use its noddle and insist on fewer and simpler pricing mechanisms rather than behave like the gullible teenager all the time?’
- ‘Years later Whitman dismissed Harlan gently: ‘He was only a fool: there was only a dim light in his noddle.’’
- ‘Surely he won't be able to talk his way out of it because all the evidence needed to prosecute is on film, if the police use their noddle.’
- ‘What everyone can do against such a spying network: use your noddle and encrypt your emails.’
Late Middle English (denoting the back of the head): of unknown origin.
verb[WITH OBJECT]informal, archaic
Nod or wag (one's head).
- ‘Since I'm slightly ahead of you in the game with a 5 week old and a 21 month old, I having been noddling my head vigorously throughout this post.’
- ‘‘Yeah I had fun too,’ Chad replied, noddling his head grinning from ear to ear.’
- ‘He smiled and said maybe as he noddled his head.’
- ‘The shop keeper noddled his head to welcome his customer.’
Mid 18th century: frequentative of the verb nod.
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