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Noddy

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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.

⁂ 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.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Nob (The)
Nob of the First Water (A)
Nobs and Snobs
Noble
Noble Soul
Noblesse Oblige (French)
Noctes Ambrosianæ
Noctuas Athenas Ferre
Nod
Nod (The Land of)
Noddy
Nodel
Noël
Nokomîs
Nolens Volens
Noli me Tangere
Noll
Nolle Prosequi [Dont prosecute]
Nolo Episcopari. [I am unwilling to accept the office of bishop.]
Nom
Nomads