noddy

noun
nod·​dy | \ ˈnä-dē How to pronounce noddy (audio) \
plural noddies

Definition of noddy

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

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Examples of noddy in a Sentence

which one of you noddies put an empty milk carton back in the fridge?
Recent Examples on the Web The bird reserve is home to four species of pelagic seabirds—the greater crested tern, lesser crested tern, sooty tern, and the brown noddy. K A Shaji, Quartz India, "India readies the world’s first safe zone for sea cucumbers," 5 May 2020 During the summer months, see the migration of some 200,000 birds, such as egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, buff banded rails, and white capped noddy’s. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "You can now hail an Uber to the Great Barrier Reef," 19 June 2019 During the summer months, see the migration of some 200,000 birds, such as egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, buff banded rails, and white capped noddy’s. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "You can now hail an Uber to the Great Barrier Reef," 19 June 2019 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. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Brando," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of noddy

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noddy

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

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The first known use of noddy was in 1534

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“Noddy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/noddy. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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