doodad

doodad

[doo-dad]
noun Informal.
1.
a decorative embellishment; trinket; bauble: a dress covered with doodads.
2.
a gadget; device: a kitchen full of the latest doodads.
Also, do-dad.


Origin:
1900–05; gradational compound based on dial. dad piece, flake

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doodah or (US and Canadian) doodad (ˈduːdɑː, ˈduːdæd)
 
n
1.  an unnamed thing, esp an object the name of which is unknown or forgotten
2.  all of a doodah excited; agitated
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]
 
doodad or (US and Canadian) doodad
 
n
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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doodad
"unnamed thing," 1905, chiefly U.S., a made-up word; as is doohickey (1914).
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