1. a narrow strip of unleavened egg dough that has been rolled thin and dried, boiled, and served alone or in soups, casseroles, etc.; a ribbon-shaped pasta.
Origin: First recorded in 1770–80, noodle is from the German word Nudel
1. Slang. the head.
2. a fool or simpleton.
Origin: 1745–55; perhaps variant of noddle (with oo from fool)
verb (used without object), noo·dled, noo·dling.
1. to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, especially as a warm-up exercise.
a. to play; toy: to noodle with numbers as a hobby.
b. to improvise, experiment, or think creatively: The writers noodled for a week and came up with a better idea for the ad campaign.
verb (used with object), noo·dled, noo·dling.
a. to manipulate or tamper with: She denied that she had noodled the statistics to get a favorable result.
b. to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment (sometimes followed by up): The architects noodled up a model of a solar house.
4. noodle around, Informal. to play, experiment, or improvise.
Origin: An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; origin uncertain
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