Tomnoddy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tomnoddy A fool; a dunce; a noddy.
    • Tomnoddy (Zoöl) A sea bird, the puffin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tomnoddy The puffin or sea-parrot. Also tommy-noddy, and tom-norry or tummy-norie. See cut under puffin.
    • n tomnoddy A blockhead; a dolt; a dunce; a fool.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Tom,see Tomboy) + noddy,

Usage

In literature:

Mr Seymour therefore followed the excellent example of my Lord Tomnoddy on a celebrated occasion, and went off to bed.
"The Gold Bat" by P. G. Wodehouse
I call it plumb equal to tellin' you you're a reg'lar tomnoddy to say a fellar's uther 'clever' or 'good.
"The Brass Bound Box" by Evelyn Raymond
I needn't have looked like a Tomnoddy.
"That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 3(of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
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In poetry:

My Lord Tomnoddy got up one day;
It was half after two,
He had nothing to do,
So his Lordship rang for his cabriolet.
"Execution, The: A Sporting Anecdote Hon. Mr. Sucklethumbkin's Story" by Richard Harris Barham
What was to be done?—' twas perfectly plain
That they could not well hang the man over again:
What was to be done?— The man was dead!
Nought could be done — nought could be said;
So — my Lord Tomnoddy went home to bed
"Execution, The: A Sporting Anecdote Hon. Mr. Sucklethumbkin's Story" by Richard Harris Barham