noddy

noun nod·dy \ ˈnä-dē \

Definition of noddy

plural noddies
1 : a stupid person
2 : any of several stout-bodied terns (especially genus Anous) of warm seas

Examples of noddy in a Sentence

  1. which one of you noddies put an empty milk carton back in the fridge?

Recent Examples of noddy from the Web

  • The atoll is a nature sanctuary that lures bird watchers (for parrots and seabirds like the great frigate and noddy) as well as snorkelers and divers that come to see colorful parrotfish, blacktip sharks, bonefish, and nesting turtles.

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Origin and Etymology of noddy

probably short for obsolete noddypoll, alteration of hoddypoll fumbling inept person



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