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)

doodler, noun Unabridged


2 [dood-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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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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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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Example sentences
Draw designs or doodle images on one side of the foam shape using a pencil.
It also means that you could scale up a tiny doodle and print it onto a billboard with no loss in quality.
Several buildings have maps and each has a doodle poll for scheduling lunch time walks with co-workers.
It's got quirky music that plays while you doodle, and does all it can to make the creative process fun.
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