Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Noddy.

 Nod (The Land of)Nodel. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A Tom Noddy is a very foolish or half-witted person, “a noodle.” The marine birds called Noddies are so silly that anyone can go up to them and knock them down with a stick. A donkey is called a Neddy Noddy.   1
   Minshew has a capital guess derivation, well fitted for a Dictionary of Fable. He says, “Noddy, a fool, so called because he nods his head when he ought to speak.” Just as well derive wise-man from why, because he wants to know the why of everything.   2

 Nod (The Land of)Nodel. 


Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.