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Meaning of NODDY

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Nod"dy\, n.; pl. {Noddies}. [Prob. fr. nod to incline the
head, either as in assent, or from drowsiness.]
1. A simpleton; a fool. --L'Estrange.

2. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) Any tern of the genus {Anous}, as {A. stolidus}.
   (b) The arctic fulmar ({Fulmarus glacialis}). Sometimes
       also applied to other sea birds.

3. An old game at cards. --Halliwell.

4. A small two-wheeled one-horse vehicle.

5. An inverted pendulum consisting of a short vertical flat
   spring which supports a rod having a bob at the top; --
   used for detecting and measuring slight horizontal
   vibrations of a body to which it is attached.

Computing Dictionary

/nod'ee/ [UK: from the children's books] 1. Small and un-useful, but demonstrating a point. Noddy programs are often written by people learning a new language or system. The archetypal noddy program is hello, world. Noddy code may be used to demonstrate a feature or bug of a compiler. May be used of real hardware or software to imply that it isn't worth using. "This editor's a bit noddy."

2. A program that is more or less instant to produce. In this use, the term does not necessarily connote uselessness, but describes a hack sufficiently trivial that it can be written and debugged while carrying on (and during the space of) a normal conversation. "I'll just throw together a noddy awk script to dump all the first fields." In North America this might be called a mickey mouse program. See toy program.

3. A simple (hence the name) language to handle text and interaction on the memotech home computer. Has died with the machine.

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