Main definitions of noddle in English

: noddle1noddle2

noddle1

noun

dated, informal
  • A person's head.

    • ‘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.’
    fool, simpleton, innocent, dupe, gull
    View synonyms

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting the back of the head): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

noddle

/ˈnɒd(ə)l/

Main definitions of noddle in English

: noddle1noddle2

noddle2

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.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: frequentative of the verb nod.

Pronunciation

noddle

/ˈnɒd(ə)l/