doo·​dle | \ ˈdü-dᵊl How to pronounce doodle (audio) \
doodled; doodling\ ˈdüd-​liŋ How to pronounce doodle (audio) , ˈdü-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of doodle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a doodle
2 : dawdle, trifle

transitive verb

: to produce by doodling



Definition of doodle (Entry 2 of 2)

: an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch also : a minor work

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Other Words from doodle


doodler \ ˈdüd-​lər How to pronounce doodle (audio) , ˈdü-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of doodle in a Sentence

Verb She doodled in her notebook instead of taking notes. I plan to spend the entire vacation just doodling.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Read, take photographs, journal, keep a hundred notebooks to draw, doodle and scribble down midnight ideas. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 But don’t treat your package as a canvas for your inner Picasso to doodle. Marc Bona, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2020 Many have room to write goals and intentions, and spots to doodle and daydream. Carli Whitwell,, 26 Nov. 2020 Kids who doodle, finger paint, or design bead jewelry aren’t just making art—they’re boosting their brainpower. Mckenna Becker, National Geographic, 24 Sep. 2020 This is a great set for younger children who want to play with different mediums, or like to doodle. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 22 Sep. 2020 Dotted, rather than lined, the 249 pages in the medium-sized journal give you the chance to doodle, write, scribble, and map freely—while a contents page and page numbers in the front give you the chance to organize your travels. Condé Nast Traveler, 15 June 2020 The alt-pop sensation Grimes put out a music video with a green-screen background on which fans were supposed to doodle. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2020 Teach your kids Learn how to doodle Children's author Mo Willems is livestreaming a doodle tutorial each weekday during the coronavirus outbreak. Don Reisinger, Fortune, 19 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The tension between the absurd and the mundane is the heart of this doodle of a film, which is the directorial debut of Valdimar Jóhannsson, who wrote the script with the novelist and poet Sjón. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 What began as a doodle devised during a poetry class at Cambridge University is now as tightly scripted as a space launch. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Google's latest doodle is celebrating an important birthday: its own. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 James’ doodle features him sitting and meditating with a rainbow over his head. Ana Faguy,, 13 May 2021 Google's doodle has provided several opportunities for the tech giant to celebrate its birthday. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 27 Sep. 2021 On her wildly popular Instagram account haleydrewthis, artist Haley Weaver shares a daily doodle celebrating everyday moments. Michelle Icard, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 Google faced technical challenges in bringing the doodle to life, which included needing the game to run on lower-end mobile phones, tablets and PCs. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 That helped the game grow far beyond its original scope, said Nate Swinehart, the doodle’s creative lead. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of doodle


1935, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doodle


perhaps from doodle to ridicule

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“Doodle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doodle

: to draw something without thinking about what you are doing


doo·​dle | \ ˈdü-dᵊl How to pronounce doodle (audio) \
doodled; doodling

Kids Definition of doodle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to scribble, sketch, or make designs on paper often while thinking about something else



Kids Definition of doodle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a scribble, design, or sketch done often while thinking about something else

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