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noo·dle 1

A narrow, ribbonlike strip of dough, usually made of flour, eggs, and water.

[German Nudel, perhaps alteration of Knödel, dumpling (from late Middle High German) or perhaps from Ladin (dialect of the Dolomite Alps) menùdli, small square soup noodle (from Latin minūtulus, very small, diminutive of minūtus, small; see minute1).]

noo·dle 2

n. Slang
1. The human head.
2. A weak, foolish, or stupid person.

[Probably alteration of noddle.]

noo·dle 3

intr.v. noo·dled, noo·dling, noo·dles Slang
To improvise music on an instrument in an idle, haphazard fashion.


noo·dle 4

intr.v. noo·dled, noo·dling, noo·dles
To catch or try to catch a fish, usually a catfish, by hand, characteristically by allowing the fish to bite one's hand or placing one's hand in the fish's mouth, and then grabbing the fish by the mouth or through the gills.

[Origin unknown.]

noo′dler n.
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Flat ribbons of pasta.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
mì sợi


[ˈnuːdəlz] npl (= food) → nouilles fpl
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


[ˈnuːdlz] npltaglierini mpl, tagliatelle fpl
egg noodles → pasta all'uovo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


مكرونة اسباجتي nudle nudler Nudeln νουντλς fideos, fideos largos nuudelit nouilles rezanci tagliatelle ヌードル 국수 noedels nudler makaron talharim лапша nudlar เส้นก๋วยเตี๋ยว noodle mì sợi 面条
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After all, their faces said, were they not noodles to want to go?
"No, auntie" this week it is really and truly just impossible, but next week--honest and true!" she insisted as the older woman seconded rather impersonally her son's urgent invitation to chicken and noodles.
There are a certain number of riverside roughs who make quite an income, during the summer, by slouching about the banks and blackmailing weak-minded noodles in this way.
He would do a great deal for noodles, being sorry for them, and feeling quite sure that they could have no power over him: he had thought of joining the Saint Simonians when he was in Paris, in order to turn them against some of their own doctrines.
The fun of it is that they think me a noodle, and say so--at least Mr.
If a governor comes out of his government rich, they say he has been a thief; and if he comes out poor, that he has been a noodle and a blockhead."
"You talk like a noodle, my friend," said Caderousse; "and here is Danglars, who is a wide-awake, clever, deep fellow, who will prove to you that you are wrong.
Hunsden," muttered I with a bow, and then, like a shy noodle as I was, I began moving away--and why?
Does that old noodle think I'm going to stay stived up here much longer?"
Then, giving the Home Department and the leadership of the House of Commons to Joodle, the Exchequer to Koodle, the Colonies to Loodle, and the Foreign Office to Moodle, what are you to do with Noodle? You can't offer him the Presidency of the Council; that is reserved for Poodle.
Muff, Ministre Anglican, and borrowing money of him, and of her coaxing and flirting with Milor Noodle, son of Sir Noodle, pupil of the Rev.
To even the little manliness his classical prototypes possessed, though, he can lay no claim whatever, being a listless effeminate noodle, on the shady side of forty.