nod·​dle ˈnä-dᵊl How to pronounce noddle (audio)
: head, pate

Example Sentences

tapped his noddle to indicate he was thinking
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Word History


Middle English nodle back of the head or neck

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noddle was in 1572

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“Noddle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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