noun (plural noddies)
1 dated A silly or foolish person (especially as a general term of abuse).
- Who wants to go to a tacky West End celebrity hang-out, when celebrity is ten a penny and likely to comprise only noddies?
- She is great relief from the rubber stamping noddies.
- Well it must be a bit of a laff feeding all them job applications you get through the shredder thinking of all them noddies waiting for a reply, while all the time I was in the frame for the job.
2A tropical tern with mainly dark-colored plumage.
[perhaps from the nodding behavior of the birds during courtship]
- Genera Anous and Procelsterna, family Sternidae (or Laridae): four species
- And, with seabird droppings showering the coastal spinifex each day, there is dense cover for thousands of nesting birds, which include frigates, boobies, noddies and Bridled Terns.
- It was an amazing sight, covered with hundreds of arctic and little terns and white-capped noddies with their chocolate-brown bodies.
- In The Big Year we relive their searches up snowy mountains to see ptarmigan, their boat trips to see noddies and albatrosses, their chartered helicopter rides to see Himalayan snowcocks in the Nevada desert.
Entry from British & World English dictionary