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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.
Origin of doodle1
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
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  • He places the pans in the sun where the grease will soften and goes skirmishing for ants and doodle bugs.

    Woodcraft and Camping George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
  • "Oh, the water is too cold to go swimming now," said Mr. doodle.

  • Even with doodle's aid he could not have a chance in the race.

    The Claverings Anthony Trollope
  • I whispered "Yankee," Shanghae-like he responded "doodle," and arm-in-arm we started.

    Doesticks, What He Says Q. K. Philander Doesticks
  • He was quite an adept at whistling the air of "Yankee doodle."

  • The mighty business is nearly over by this time, and doodle will throw himself off the country in a few days more.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • To cross the raging Helles-py-ont and picnic in the groves of doodle dell, responded Plumpy, in mock heroics.

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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