1 [dood-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)

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doodle (ˈduːdəl)
vb (often foll by away)
1.  to scribble or draw aimlessly
2.  to play or improvise idly
3.  (US) to dawdle or waste time
4.  a shape, picture, etc, drawn aimlessly
[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 & History

"scrawl aimlessly," 1935, from dial. doodle, dudle "fritter away time, trifle." 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: Doodling. Doodle-bug "type of beetle or larvae" is c.1866, Southern U.S. dialect; the same word was applied 1944 in R.A.F. slang to German V-model flying bombs
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Example sentences
But listening to certain sounds while writing or doodling or knitting while
  listening can actually improve attention and focus.
He spends much of lunch hinting at a new business venture and doodling in
  ballpoint on my place mat.
He picks up a pencil, begins alternately doodling and hitting the redial button.
Keep your hands busy by nibbling on healthy foods, doodling, or making a list
  of tasks for the day.
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