Main definitions of noodle in English

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noodle1

noun

  • A very thin, long strip of pasta or a similar flour paste, eaten with a sauce or in a soup:

    ‘cook the noodles in a large pan of boiling water’
    ‘spicy Sichuan noodles’
    • ‘For soup with an Asian flair, substitute Udon noodles for the egg noodles, soy sauce for the salt, bok choy for the peas, and add some hot peppers and fresh garlic.’
    • ‘Add the udon noodles, soy sauce and oyster sauce and cook until heated through.’
    • ‘The menu includes roast beef, vegetable curry, smoked salmon, Japanese noodles in cold soup, and fried noodles and small hamburgers for children.’
    • ‘For me, the art of udon is twofold: the freshness of the noodle and the flavour of the soup or dipping sauce.’
    • ‘The worst crime you could commit against pasta, according to Italians, is to rinse the noodles after you cook them.’
    • ‘It was more soupy than thick and meaty, the nicely spiced broth containing translucent noodles, thin strips of beef, bean sprouts and whole green onions that were almost sweet.’
    • ‘Buckwheat flour is often used in pancakes, bread and pasta, and it's mixed with wheat flour to make soba noodles.’
    • ‘Instead, choose slower-burning carbs, such as red potatoes, yams, brown rice, pasta and buckwheat noodles.’
    • ‘The soup was rich with pasta noodles and chicken pieces and came with toast.’
    • ‘For the udon noodle with ‘Asian’ pesto, the recipe says this dish can be served either hot or cold, so I first tried it cold.’
    • ‘The healthiest fast food is assorted seafood with udon noodles in soup, with just one teaspoon of oil.’
    • ‘Other grain products are sometimes steamed like couscous, such as whole or cracked grains, grain-shaped noodles similar to European soup pastas, and even vermicelli.’
    • ‘Many shelves at Beijing's major supermarkets are bare of groceries such as instant noodles, soy sauce, meat, vegetables and vinegar.’
    • ‘Keeping to a Japanese theme, I'm using soba noodles and tamari soya sauce - the real stuff, no additives or caramel, simply soya beans, salt and water.’
    • ‘For the udon noodles, in a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients, season, and set aside keeping warm.’
    • ‘It is Sichuan spicy noodles with meat sauce, with a tiny bit of chicken stock to make the red sauce less greasy.’
    • ‘Meanwhile shred the cabbage, carrot and onion, and cook and cool the pasta or noodles.’
    • ‘I absolutely love the Beef Hor Fun (broad strips of rice noodles cooked with beef in a thick sauce) there.’
    • ‘Most people come to Tokyo expecting to eat sushi, maybe some sashimi, and probably some sort of noodles (soba, udon, or ramen).’
    • ‘The shrimp were good, the noodles boring and the sauce incredibly hot.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from German Nudel, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

noodle

/ˈnuːd(ə)l/

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noodle2

noun

informal
  • 1A stupid or silly person.

    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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  • 2A person's head.

    skull, cranium, crown
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Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

noodle

/ˈnuːd(ə)l/

Main definitions of noodle in English

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noodle3

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Improvise or play casually on a musical instrument:

    ‘tapes of him noodling on his farfisa organ’
    ‘ambient synthesizer noodling’
    • ‘He still likes arty guitar noodling, but he also hasn't given up on melody.’
    • ‘The band does its best when it's not being noisy with their octave guitar chord sliding and noodling.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the last twelve minutes of the song are filled with noise-for-noise's-sake noodling that sounds as if Jim O'Rourke mixed it at the bottom of Lake Michigan.’
    • ‘Fortunately, Townshend's guitar noodling never steps into the realm of being entirely gratuitous, and as with all the best songs on Heathen, Bowie's vocals are wisely left to dominate.’
    • ‘Glover also provides the eerie guitar noodling and intense emotional climaxes.’
    • ‘The same with ‘Guitars for Plants’ with its ambient axe noodling, which works well as a singular piece, but taken with the whole of the record only seems to stray and distract from the path already beaten through previous tracks.’
    • ‘The epic-length noodling in the bridge of ‘Soul Singing’ offered enough time to hit the restroom, browse the merch table, refuel on refreshments and elbow your way back through the crowd without missing much at all.’
    • ‘Her vocals are mousy yet pretty (think Suzanne Vega, Julie Doiron), never overshadowing the delicate ambiance created by simple layers of loops and noodling.’
    • ‘A guitarist in the corner noodled on the same Spanish riff, over and over, until I wanted to throttle him.’
    • ‘My usual method of composition is to noodle around on the guitar until I find myself playing something that sounds good, and then I'll just repeat it and repeat it until I hope that I've drummed it into my head.’
    • ‘I've got an idea for one that I've been noodling around with for 20 years.’
    • ‘What keeps the balance is a loose grasp of the fundamentals of funk music, a science that, if studied too closely, becomes jazz funk noodling, meaning acid jazz.’
    • ‘The track seems prepared to venture into a long landscape of guitar noodling and ambling electronics, but the band wisely resists the temptation.’
    • ‘He's noodling, fiddling, practicing, trying to get anything interesting to come out.’
    • ‘Typically, the songs mix advanced guitar noodling with amateurish keyboard bashing.’
    • ‘Their third record doesn't even care to noodle around with meandering epics; the songs on this nine song cycle clock in at five minutes or less, managing to sound grandiose without being overblown.’
    • ‘Their protean sound lifts them above the legions of second-rate math rockers who think it's enough simply to noodle around with shifting time signatures and obscure chords.’
    • ‘Each track is built from a simple drum pattern, being covered in keyboard noodling, reverb, echo, distortion and sound effects in order to achieve a dense, claustrophobic background.’
    • ‘Don't pick up someone else's instrument and start noodling around on it without permission.’
    • ‘What could be a striking acoustic song is drowned in inconsequential little squiggles and unnecessary violin and clarinet noodling.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

noodle

/ˈnuːd(ə)l/

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noodle4

verb

[WITH OBJECT]Australian
informal
  • Search (an opal dump) for opals:

    ‘he was half-heartedly noodling the dumps for opal chips’
    [no object] ‘anyone can noodle in the gravelly tailings of the mine’
    • ‘They even noodled for opal and are looking forward to their next visit next year.’
    • ‘Almost always Aborigines 'noodled' or fossicked on mine dumps for missed pieces of opal.’
    • ‘It produced ten thousand pounds, with what was "noodled" or picked up from the dumps.’
    • ‘We noodled through the Timna mine piles for the beautiful blue-green stone.’
    • ‘"Nodules" was supposedly corrupted to "noodles" and, thus, looking for opals became "noodling."’
    • ‘Noodling on the mine sites around town is discouraged.’
    • ‘What about what we and the abos noodled in their dump?’
    • ‘Rather their women sat in the small dumps and noodled all day with their metal digging sticks.’
    • ‘Most of the old heaps have been noodled for opal of all grades.’
    • ‘Noodling of the dumps is a regular occupation for women, children, and aged miners.’

Origin

Early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

noodle

/ˈnuːd(ə)l/