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nurdle (third-person singular simple present nurdles, present participle nurdling, simple past and past participle nurdled)

  1. (cricket) To score runs by gently nudging the ball into vacant areas of the field.[2]
  2. (conversation) To gently waffle or muse on a subject which one clearly knows little about.


nurdle (plural nurdles)

  1. (cricket) Such a shot.
  2. A cylindrical shaped pre-production plastic pellet used in manufacturing and packaging.
    • 2015 March 27, Amanda Schupak, “Plastic pellets found in puffin tummies”, in CBS News:
      Puffins on the Isle of May are nibbling on nurdles, the little nuggets that serve as raw materials for plastics manufacturing.
    • 2022 February 9, Karen McVeigh, “‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters”, in The Guardian[1], Guardian Media Group, retrieved 2022-02-11, Seascape: the state of our oceans:
      Researchers analysed samples of nurdles and burnt lumps of plastic from four Sri Lankan beaches for heavy metals and various chemicals, including benzotriazole UV-stabilisers, which are used to prevent discoloration in plastics, bisphenols and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
  3. A blob of toothpaste shaped like a wave, often depicted on toothpaste packaging.[3][4]
    • 2010 July 29, Jonathan Stempel, “Colgate, Glaxo sue over toothpaste "nurdle"”, in Reuters:
      Each company is seeking the right to depict, and to stop the other from depicting, a “nurdle,” a wave-shaped toothpaste blob that sits on a toothbrush head.


  1. ^ Language Log 2020-07-19 Nurdles
  2. ^ 1349: "Collingwood picks up the first run after lunch with a nurdle to wide mid-on."
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  4. ^ Wall Street Journal, July 29, 2010, "Colgate, GlaxoSmithKline, Set to Battle Over Toothpaste ‘Nurdle’"