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English citations of noodle

Noun: a fool[edit]

1720 1728 1796 1854
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John Leigh (1720) Kensington-Gardens; or, the pretenders: a comedy. As it is acted by His Majesty's servants.[1] (drama), page 37 of 95: “Sir P[olitick Noodle:] Pleasure, Colonel, Pleasure. I have no Business but Pleasure; in the Country I hunt, in Town I intrigue: that is, I intrigue with State-Affairs, those are my Mistresses.”

James C. Cross (1796) Parnassian bagatelles: being a miscellaneous collection of poetical attempts. To which are added a comic sketch in one act, called The way to get un-married, as performing with universal applause at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden. And the Village doctor, or, Killing no cure; a favourite burletta, exhibited at Jones's Royal-Circus, St. George's Fields[2], page 140 of 157: “You wrong me, noodle (boxes his ears).”

Charles Dickens (1854) Hard Times[3] (fiction), page 349 of 352: “Nothing that a Noodle does, can awaken surprise or indignation; the proceedings of a Noodle can only inspire contempt.”

Noun: the brain, head[edit]

Mark Victor Hansen, Art Linkletter (2006) How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life[4] (social science), →ISBN, pages 295: “Or you don't concentrate as well... There's nothing wrong with your noodle; it's your sensory equipment that needs a bit of help.”