• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Noddy A simpleton; a fool.
    • Noddy A small two-wheeled one-horse vehicle.
    • Noddy An inverted pendulum consisting of a short vertical flat spring which supports a rod having a bob at the top; -- used for detecting and measuring slight horizontal vibrations of a body to which it is attached.
    • Noddy An old game at cards.
    • Noddy (Zoöl) Any tern of the genus Anous, as Anous stolidus.
    • Noddy (Zoöl) The arctic fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis). Sometimes also applied to other sea birds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n noddy A simpleton; a fool.
    • n noddy A large dark-colored tern or sea-swallow of the subfamily Sterninæ and the group Anoëæ or genus Anoüs, found on most tropical and warm-temperate sea-coasts: so called from their apparent stupidity. The several species are much alike, having a sooty-brown or fuliginous plumage, with the top of the head white, the bill and feet black, large pointed wings, and long graduated tail. The common noddy is Anoüs stolidus, which abounds on the southern Atlantic coast of the United states and elsewhere. See cut under Anoüs.
    • n noddy The murre, Lomvia troile.
    • n noddy The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida.
    • n noddy An old game of cards, supposed to have been played like cribbage.
    • n noddy The knave in this game.
    • n noddy A kind of four-wheeled cab with the door at the back, formerly in use.
    • noddy To make a fool of.
    • n noddy A device designed to show the oscillation of the support of a pendulum. It consists of an inverted pendulum held in a vertical position by a reed or spring connecting it with its support. The force tending to restore the noddy to the vertical is the excess of the force of the spring over the moment of gravity, and its oscillation is therefore generally slow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Noddy nod′i one whose head nods from weakness: a stupid fellow: a sea-fowl—easily taken: a four-wheeled carriage with a door at the back: an upright flat spring with a weight on the top, forming an inverted pendulum, indicating the vibration of any body to which it is attached.
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Noddy work - (UK) Unimportant or very simple tasks are noddy work.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. nod, to incline the head, either as in assent, or from drowsiness
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

She seemed to be plotting mischief; but if she was, she did not make Noddy her confidant this time.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
WORK AND WIN; or, Noddy Newman on a Cruise.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
Ogden Newman, whilom Noddy, was the chaplain.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
Isn't Noddy going this time?
"Polly and Eleanor" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Work and Win; or, Noddy Newman on a Cruise.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
It's a Tommy Noddy's.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Second class, three varieties: the Niddy-Noddy, the Niddy-Noodle, and the Noddy-Noodle.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
All the rest of the island was covered with the eggs and young ones of the terns and noddies.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847." by Various
As for Noddy, the freckles stood out on his pale, frightened face like spots on the sun.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton

In poetry:

Wonder I very much do,Tom Noddy,
If ever, when off you roam,
An ogre from space will stoop a lean face,
And lug you home:
"Tit for Tat" by Walter de la Mare
And hung you up stiff on a hook, Tom Noddy,
From a stone-cold pantry shelf,
Whence your eyes will glare in an empty stare,
Till you are cooked yourself!
"Tit for Tat" by Walter de la Mare
Have you been catching fish, Tom Noddy?
Have you snared a weeping hare?
Have you whistled "No Nunny" and gunned a poor bunny,
Or blinded a bird of the air?
"Tit for Tat" by Walter de la Mare
Lug you home over his fence, Tom Noddy,
Of thorn-sticks nine yards high,
With your bent knees strung round his old iron gun
And your head a dan-dangling by:
"Tit for Tat" by Walter de la Mare

In news:

The juvenile boobies also mingled with other seabird species, like brown noddies, streaked shearwaters and black-naped terns.