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 for noddy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Noddy \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.
  
     Syn: tomnoddy.
          [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Zool.)
        (a) Any tern of the genus Anous, as Anous stolidus.
        (b) The arctic fulmar ({Fulmarus glacialis). Sometimes
            also applied to other sea birds.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     3. An old game at cards. --Halliwell.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. A small two-wheeled one-horse vehicle.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  noddy
   /nod'ee/, adj.
  
      [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.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  noddy
  
     /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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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