[nood-l] /ˈnud l/
verb (used without object), noodled, noodling.
to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise.
verb (used with object), noodled, noodling.
noodle around, Informal. to play, experiment, or improvise.
(often pl) a ribbon-like strip of pasta: noodles are often served in soup or with a sauce
(US & Canadian) a slang word for head (sense 1)
(intransitive) (slang) to improvise aimlessly on a musical instrument
“narrow strip of dried dough,” 1779, from German Nudel, which is of unknown origin. West Flemish noedel and French nouille are German loan-words. The older noun meaning “simpleton, stupid person” (1753) probably is an unrelated word, as is the slang word for “head” (attested from 1914).
1937 (implied in noodling), from noun meaning “improvised music,” 1926, probably from noodle (n.), on analogy of the suppleness of the food and that of the trills and improvised phrases in jazz improvisations. Related: Noodled.
The head; the mind: Most of the fellows running television today are sick in the noodle (1914+)
off one’s nut
[origin unknown; the ”play around” senses perhaps influenced by doodle; noddle in the noun sense is found by 1579]
A stupid person; fool; simpleton •Still predominantly British: Something that noodle at Interior might reflect on
[1753+; origin unknown; perhaps fr noodle the food, fr German nudel, because of its limp and wormlike connotations]
[nood-l-hed] /ˈnud lˌhɛd/ noun 1. a fool or simpleton; dolt; blockhead. noun A stupid person; noodle2 (1950s+)
noun Mental work or effort; thinking; studying: This job’s going to need plenty of noodlework (1940s+)
[nood-l] /ˈnud l/ verb (used without object), noodled, noodling. 1. to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise. 2. Informal. verb (used with object), noodled, noodling. 3. Informal. Verb phrases 4. noodle around, Informal. to play, experiment, or improvise. /ˈnuːdlɪŋ/ noun 1. (slang) aimless musical improvisation /ˈnuːdəl/ noun 1. […]
- No offense
Please don’t feel insulted, I don’t mean to offend you, as in No offense, but I think you’re mistaken. This expression, first recorded in 1829, generally accompanies a statement that could be regarded as insulting but is not meant to be, as in the example.