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[dood-l] /ˈdud l/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), doodled, doodling.
to draw or scribble idly:
He doodled during the whole lecture.
to waste (time) in aimless or foolish activity.
Dialect. to deceive; cheat.
a design, figure, or the like, made by idle scribbling.
Archaic. a foolish or silly person.
1935-40, Americanism; orig. sense, fool (noun)
Related forms
doodler, noun


[dood-l] /ˈdud l/
noun, Chiefly North Midland U.S.
a small pile of hay; haystack.
Also called hay doodle.
probably extracted from cock-a-doodle-do; a euphemism for cock3, to avoid association with cock1, in sense “penis” Unabridged
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Examples from the web for doodle
  • Draw designs or doodle images on one side of the foam shape using a pencil.
  • It's got quirky music that plays while you doodle, and does all it can to make the creative process fun.
  • It also means that you could scale up a tiny doodle and print it onto a billboard with no loss in quality.
  • It is straight, unmitigated flap-doodle, this thoroughly implausible tale.
  • Several buildings have maps and each has a doodle poll for scheduling lunch time walks with co-workers.
British Dictionary definitions for doodle


to scribble or draw aimlessly
to play or improvise idly
(US) (intransitive) often foll by away. to dawdle or waste time
a shape, picture, etc, drawn aimlessly
Derived Forms
doodler, noun
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from C17 doodle a foolish person, but influenced in meaning by dawdle; compare Low German dudeltopf simpleton
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Word Origin and History for doodle

"scrawl aimlessly," 1935, from dialectal doodle, dudle "fritter away time, trifle," or associated with dawdle. It was a noun meaning "simple fellow" from 1620s.

LONGFELLOW: That's a name we made up back home for people who make foolish designs on paper when they're thinking. It's called doodling. Almost everybody's a doodler. Did you ever see a scratch pad in a telephone booth? People draw the most idiotic pictures when they're thinking. Dr. Von Holler, here, could probably think up a long name for it, because he doodles all the time. ["Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," screenplay by Robert Riskin, 1936; based on "Opera Hat," serialized in "American Magazine" beginning May 1935, by Clarence Aldington Kelland]
Related: Doodled; Doodling.
Doodle Sack. A bagpipe. Dutch. -- Also the private parts of a woman. ["Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]

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Slang definitions & phrases for doodle


  1. Wretched material; shit: How can he write such doodle?
  2. The penis •A child's term (1780s+)
  1. To cheat; swindle; diddle (1823+)
  2. To make drawings and patterns while sitting at a meeting, talking on the telephone, etc: From your doodling, the shrink sees what's in your noodle (1935+)
  3. To defecate •Also doo-doo: dog doodled in the yard
Related Terms

dipsy-doodle, whangdoodle, whoop-de-do

[second sense apparently coined by Robert Riskin, screenwriter for the movie Mr Deeds Goes to Town; third sense perhaps fr doo, childish word for ''shit'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for doodle

absent-minded scrawl or scribble, usually executed in some unexpected place, such as the margin of a book or manuscript or a blotting pad when the doodler is preoccupied with some other activity, such as attending a meeting or lecture. The word is supposed to have gained currency because of its use in the film Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), though the practice of course is much older, doodles being found in medieval manuscripts, as well as in the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and on the margins of manuscripts written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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