One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1dated A silly or foolish person (especially as a general term of abuse).
idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clodView synonyms
- ‘I don't know what this is about, either they make really great pies in Birkenhead, or some noddy missed the r from piers.’
- ‘Who wants to go to a tacky West End celebrity hang-out, when celebrity is ten a penny and likely to comprise only 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.’
- ‘She is great relief from the rubber stamping noddies.’
2A tropical tern with mainly dark-colored plumage.
Genera Anous and Procelsterna, family Sternidae (or Laridae): four species
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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