noddy

Definitions

Media Studies

  • noun a cutaway shot of an interviewer nodding, looking interested etc., used to disguise editing, avoid jump cuts or simply break up a long speech by the interviewee

Slang

  • noun a buffoon, simpleton, clumsy or ungainly person. In modern usage the term has been specifically applied to low-ranking police officers by members of the CID and public. Noddy is an archaic rustic term for a simple-minded or cloddish individual, inspired by such a person’s inadvertent head movements. The use of the word for the famous children’s storybook character created by Enid Blyton reinforced the image evoked.
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