doo·​dad | \ ˈdü-ˌdad How to pronounce doodad (audio) \

Definition of doodad

1 : an ornamental attachment or decoration
2 : an often small article whose common name is unknown or forgotten : gadget

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Examples of doodad in a Sentence

where does this little doodad go? has a habit of buying gadgets and doodads sold on television shopping channels
Recent Examples on the Web To make a dream box, first have kids decorate an empty tissue box with markers, glue, and little doodads (yarn balls, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, sequins, whatever!). Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Kids are having pandemic dreams too," 11 May 2020 Planes aren't flying, cars aren't driving, consumers aren't buying the petrochemical doodads that pervade modern life. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Oil Prices Go Negative, but No One Is Going to Pay You to Drive," 21 Apr. 2020 Amber Gorby ordered the beach towels, stuffed animals, smartphone chargers and the other doodads found by the cash registers at HomeTown Pharmacy's three dozen stores. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, "Worker says her boss fired her for trying to follow Gov. Whitmer's stay-at-home order," 21 Apr. 2020 For the most powerful wash, position the tines (sharp doodads) of forks and the bowls of spoons sticking up. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "Yes, There is a Correct Way to Load a Dishwasher," 10 Apr. 2020 Katona herself was a garden artist before Xanderland; her yard was alive with flowers, a koi pond, dozens of wind chimes, a forest of glass mushrooms, a huge fairy mosaic in the grass and shiny spinning doodads amid it all. Washington Post, "She built a miniature world to honor her late son. Now it brings joy to others.," 7 Jan. 2020 In the next room, a separate crew was putting together a cockpit made primarily of plywood and various blinking doodads to simulate the interior of a helicopter. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Streamer Dr Disrespect Signs Multiyear Deal to Stay on Twitch," 12 Mar. 2020 IoT manufacturers will often outsource components, so a mistake in one SoC can impact a wide range of connected doodads. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: A Tiny Piece of Tape Tricked Teslas Into Speeding Up 50 MPH," 22 Feb. 2020 But Amsterdam's focus is much broader than just adorable plastic doodads. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "What Amsterdam’s war on the rubber duckie says about global tourism," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of doodad

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doodad

origin unknown

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The first known use of doodad was in 1888

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31 May 2020

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“Doodad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doodad

US, informal
: a usually small object that is used as a decoration
: a small useful device

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