A noodle is a piece of pasta, especially a long, skinny one. You can eat noodles with butter and cheese or sauce, or slurp them from a bowl of soup.

Noodles are cut or rolled from a dough that contains some kind of flour — wheat, buckwheat, and rice flour are all commonly used. In Thai food, you'll find wide and thin rice noodles, while Italian food contains many varieties of noodles made from semolina flour, like spaghetti and lasagna. Informally, you can call your head a noodle too. Both meanings have uncertain origins; all we know for sure is that noodle comes from the German Nudel.

Primary Meanings of noodle

a ribbonlike strip of pasta
informal terms for a human head
Full Definitions of noodle

n a ribbonlike strip of pasta

egg noodle
narrow strip of pasta dough made with eggs
Type of:
alimentary paste, pasta
shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg

n informal terms for a human head

attic, bean, bonce, dome, noggin
Type of:
human head
the head of a human being

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