doodad

noun
doo·​dad | \ˈdü-ˌdad \

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

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Too many doodads - all in violation of voluntary federal guidelines that the carmakers helped to develop. Fredrick Kunkle, ajc, "I took AAA's distracted driving road test. It wasn't pretty.," 29 June 2018 Too many doodads — all in violation of voluntary federal guidelines that the carmakers helped to develop. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "I took AAA’s distracted driving road test. It wasn’t pretty.," 28 June 2018 According to the Kickstarter campaign, the Arduboy will ship in October with a library of rip-offs classically inspired games, like a Pong-lookin' one and a Space Invaders-ish doodad and even a Mario-esque thing. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "This Game Boy Is the Size of a Credit Card," 11 May 2015 The top-center of the speeder’s otherwise minimalist windshield has a doodad specifically designed to hang dangly objects, giving Han the idea that would forever change Star Wars history. Dan Gvozden, The Hollywood Reporter, "74 'Star Wars' Questions 'Solo' Insisted on Answering," 1 June 2018 These doodads may seem quaint now, but the LS400 stood out and quickly outsold many rivals. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai," 11 May 2018 As anyone who’s spent an afternoon with a set of IKEA instructions and baggies full of dowels and doodads knows, sometimes words, and even pictures, aren’t enough. Nina Maclaughlin, WSJ, "‘Making Things Right’ Review: How to Build a Life," 3 May 2018 But Labo isn’t a VR headset, RFID reader, or other high-tech doodad. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Nintendo Stock Surges After Surprise Cardboard Accessory Reveal," 20 Jan. 2018 That doesn’t include the duct tape, paint pads and rollers and any other requisite doodad needed to produce a banner longer than the Lost Decade. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Why are Bengals worrying about banners?," 11 Dec. 2017

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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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doodad

noun

English Language Learners Definition of doodad

: a usually small object that is used as a decoration

: a small useful device

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