Meaning of noodle

noo•dle

Pronunciation: (nd'l), [key]
— n.
  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.

noo•dle

Pronunciation: (nd'l), [key]
— n.
  1. the head.
  2. a fool or simpleton.

noo•dle

Pronunciation: (nd'l), [key]
— v., -dled, -dling.
—v.i.
  1. to improvise a musical passage in a casual manner, esp. as a warm-up exercise.
  2. to noodle with numbers as a hobby.
    1. to play; toy:to noodle with numbers as a hobby.
    2. to improvise, experiment, or think creatively:The writers noodled for a week and came up with a better idea for the ad campaign.
—v.t.
  1. She denied that she had noodled the statistics to get a favorable result.
    1. to manipulate or tamper with:She denied that she had noodled the statistics to get a favorable result.
    2. to make or devise freely as an exercise or experiment (sometimes fol. by up):The architects noodled up a model of a solar house.
  2. to play, experiment, or improvise.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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