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Noddy \Nod"dy\, n.; pl. Noddies. [Prob. fr. nod to incline the head, either as in assent, or from drowsiness.]

  1. A simpleton; a fool.

    Syn: tomnoddy.

  2. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. Any tern of the genus Anous, as Anous stolidus.

    2. The arctic fulmar ( Fulmarus glacialis). Sometimes also applied to other sea birds.

  3. An old game at cards.

  4. A small two-wheeled one-horse vehicle.

  5. An inverted pendulum consisting of a short vertical flat spring which supports a rod having a bob at the top; -- used for detecting and measuring slight horizontal vibrations of a body to which it is attached.


Etymology 1 n. A stupid or silly person. Etymology 2

n. 1 Any of several stout-bodied, gregarious terns of the genus ''Anous'' and ''Procelsterna'', found in tropical seas. 2 (context dated English) A small two-wheeled vehicle drawn by a single horse. 3 An inverted pendulum consisting of a short vertical flat spring which supports a rod having a bob at the top; used for detecting and measuring slight horizontal vibrations of a body to which it is attached. 4 (context obsolete uncountable English) An old card game. Etymology 3

n. (context television English) A cutaway scene of a television interviewer nod, used to cover an editing gap in an interview.

Noddy (character)

Noddy is a fictional character created by English children's author Enid Blyton, originally published between 1949 and 1963. Television shows based on the character have run on British television since 1955 and continue to appear to this day.

Noddy (camera)

Noddy was a camera system used for generating identifications for the BBC1 and BBC2 television networks from 1963 to February 1985.

The Noddy video camera was servo-controlled to pan and tilt ('nod') across a matrix of pre-arranged physical objects - captions and mechanical models. The camera was black-and-white, with electronically synthesised colour added to its output. This system eliminated the delay associated with swapping graphics upon a conventional copy stand. It also allowed for the depth required by mechanical objects such as clocks and a rotating globe.

Noddy (tern)

Noddies are members of the tern family Sternidae in the genera Anous, Procelsterna, and Gygis. They are a tropical group, characterised by the notch-wedge shaped (not forked) tail; coastal and pelagic oceanic. Studies of mtDNA sequences (Bridge, 2005) have shown that the noddies are at least 2 groups that split off early from the ancestral terns at different points of time; the relationships of Procelsterna were not researched for lack of samples. It seems to represent either a third lineage linking the noddies and the marsh terns, or is closely related to Gygis.

Genus Anous

  • Brown noddy or common noddy, Anous stolidus
  • Black noddy, Anous minutus
  • Lesser noddy, Anous tenuirostris

Genus Procelsterna

  • Blue noddy, Procelsterna cerulea
  • Grey noddy, Procelsterna albivitta

Genus Gygis

  • White tern, Gygis alba
  • Little white tern, Gygis microrhyncha

Noddies are reportedly a dietary staple on the island of Nauru.

Noddy (card game)

Noddy (O.F. naudin), Noddie, Nodde, is a 16th-century English card game ancestor of Cribbage. It is the oldest identifiable card game with this gaming structure and a relative to the more-complicated 18th century game Costly Colours.

Noddy (TV interview technique)

Noddy headshots or '''noddies ''' are a type of camera shot used in recorded news or current affairs interviews. The noddies consist of nods and other similar "listening gestures" made by the interviewer. If only one camera is available at the interview site, then these shots are recorded after the actual interview takes place. The shots are spliced into the interview during the editing process to mask any cuts that have been made. This editing technique is universally "read" by audiences as expressing realism and therefore creates the illusion of a seamless dialogue in the interview.

The earliest use of the term recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary dates from 1982. It was explained more fully by John Fiske in 1987: "the camera is then turned onto the interviewer who asks some of the questions again and gives a series of "noddies," that is, reaction shots, nods, smiles, or expressions of sympathetic listening. These are then used to disguise later edits in the interviewee's speech... Without the "noddy", the visuals would show an obvious "jump" that would reveal the edit."

Noddy (TV series)

Noddy, also named as The Noddy Shop, is an American-Canadian television series based on Enid Blyton's children's book series of the same name with stop-motion sequences from Noddy's Toyland Adventures that aired from September 28, 1998 to February 16, 2000 on PBS. Following its cancellation, reruns were aired until September 13, 2002. The series is produced by WNET and WNYE-TV.

The show starred Sean McCann as Noah Tomten, a former old salt, who now runs an antique shop, the NODDY Shop (this stood for, "Notions, Oddities, Doodads and Delights of Yesterday"). His catchphrases included "What in tarnation?!" and "Great Neptune's Ghost!", usually whenever he was excited about something. It also starred Jayne Eastwood as his scatter-brained sister, Agatha Flugelschmidt, who runs a hat shop next door to the Noddy shop. One of her catchphrases included "Oh, pish-posh!", usually whenever she disagreed with something that someone else said.

The stories in Make Way for Noddy mainly centred on three children- Noah's grandchildren, Kate and Truman, and a friend of Kate's named Daniel Johnson, shortened to D.J., who came to play at the shop, and were collected by their (unseen) parents at the end of the day, implying the episodes were set after school, during school holidays or at weekends. Most episodes had a moral message, which was conveyed with a Noddy story, usually told by Kate using the Noddy dolls in the shop, which the viewer saw as recycled animation from earlier Noddy cartoons. The moral message was also a theme in a song sung by the shop's population of anthropomorphic toys. There was sometimes a second song, usually a re-enactment of a popular folk tale.


Noddy may refer to:

  • Noddy (TV series), a PBS Kids program that ran from 1998–2000
  • Noddy (card game), a 16th-century English ancestor of cribbage
  • Noddy (tern), several species of tropical seabirds of the family Sternidae in the genera Anous, Procelsterna, and Gygis
  • Noddy (TV interview technique), a production technique used to create the illusion of a seamless dialogue
  • Noddy, an application for the Memotech MTX series of microcomputers
  • Noddy suit, nickname for a type of NBC suit with a pointed hood used by the British Armed Forces
  • NODDY, codename for a British Secret Intelligence Service operation to penetrate the Polish security establishment in the early 1960s
  • Swastikas for Noddy, an album by English band Current 93
  • Noddy (as an adjective) Cumbernauldian in Glaswegian Slang e.g. Noddy Land, Noddy News
Noddy (log canoe)

The ''' Noddy ''' is a Chesapeake Bay log canoe, built in 1930, by Oliver Duke in Royal Oak, Maryland, She measures 27'-6" long, with a beam of 6'-4". Her log hull remains unglassed, is painted white, and she races under No. 1. She one of the last 22 surviving traditional Chesapeake Bay racing log canoes that carry on a tradition of racing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland that has existed since the 1840s. In 1985 she was located at St. Michaels, Talbot County, Maryland.

She was overhauled in 1999. She is located at Chestertown, Kent County, Maryland.

She was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Usage examples of "noddy".

He made the boat ready at daybreak, and certain gannets, pintadoes, boobies, and noddies, and divers with eyes in their heads like fiery jewels--birds whose greedy maws he had often gratified--chose to fancy he must be going a-fishing, and were on the alert, and rather troublesome.

He acknowledged a conspiratorial wink from Noddy Gallagher as he swaggered, with Muriel on his arm, from the hall.

Scan, Noddy, Jim Gallagher and Mo Binchy strolled into the ice-cream shop which was empty apart from the owner behind the counter.

Kathleen declared, coming m into the kitchen followed by Noddy Gallagher.

They incurred the enmity of Noddy Nixon, a town bully, and his crony, Bill Berry.

At the same moment, Noddy, the long-time enemy of the motor boys, saw them.

As the boys left the office of the hotel, they saw several men reading the notice Noddy had tacked up.

As Noddy had stipulated there must be four passengers in each car it would necessitate the motor boys getting some one else to ride with them.

And so it seemed, for Noddy was spinning around the course at fearful speed, his car looking like a green streak.

They were on a straight stretch then and, as Noddy looked back and saw the red car closer to him than it had been before, he put on more speed.

But, with a sharp wrench of the steering wheel, Noddy brought the car back toward the center of the track.

For another mile there was little change in the relative position of the cars of Noddy and the motor boys.

As the machine drew nearer they saw that it was painted green, and, a moment later, Noddy Nixon had brought his auto to a stop, and was grinning at them.

Eternally parched Noddy Milverton moved in right next to me without my having to trouble myself to arrange it.

His brother officers rated him a very good fellow, but nicknamed him, in affectionate derision, Noddy Dauntry, to which he raised not the smallest objection, merely smiling sleepily, and saying that he never had been one of the downy ones.