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

intransitive verb

: to make a doodle

transitive verb

: to produce by doodling
ˈdüd-lər How to pronounce doodle (audio)


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

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
Kids will love doodling and practicing their numbers and letters then watching the ink magically disappear. Laura Lu, Parents, 15 Apr. 2024 They are also easily distracted by the paper and pencil they are given to answer the questions, as these almost always lead to doodling. Wendy Ward, STAT, 10 Apr. 2024 Tattoo markers are a fun and creative activity for teens who want to showcase their drawing and doodling talents right on their very own skin. Rebecca Jones, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 Paw Patrol fans will enjoy drawing in a $6 Crayola coloring book that comes with stickers of their favorite pups, while other young artists can doodle to their hearts’ content on an LCD writing tablet, which is currently 60% off. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 9 Feb. 2024 This is really a shame, as the bundled pressure-sensitive S-Pen is a joy for drawing, doodling, and note-taking. Leon Kay and Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 15 July 2023 Ferrera fills her days at her boring Mattel office job by doodling alternative Barbies, ones that are plagued by cellulite or haunted by thoughts of death. Devan Coggan,, 18 July 2023 Other highlights of the sale include Lebowski’s sunglasses, a bowling ball return from the set that has been signed by Jeff Bridges, and multiple bowling pins that the actor has doodled on. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2023 The tablet can serve as a Wacom replacement for digital artists who want to doodle or draw on the large screen. Leon Kay and Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 15 July 2023
The same may happen if a voter writes an editorial comment or doodles on the ballot. Matthew Alvarez, The Mercury News, 9 May 2024 Releasing its annual Earth Day doodle, Google displays the beauty of all six continents around the world. USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2024 And although, decades from now, this surplus store of incomplete works, musical doodles and interrupted thoughts will provide valuable historical context toward excavating the true cultural damage caused by the pandemic, listening to them now feels vaguely like snacking on war rations. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2024 Before the show starts, impatient concert-goers doodle on the steamy glass walls with their fingers. Lina Abascal, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 The celebration lasts for about two weeks, and typically includes food, dancing, singing and poetry. 2024 Lunar New Year:See photos of Asian communities celebrating around the world Google Doodle celebrates and recognizes Nowruz The Nowruz doodle was created by Iranian guest artist Pendar Yousefi. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 Ken Jeong is enjoying Popeyes chicken wings, electric scooters, doodle dog breeds and other modern joys in the fast food restaurant’s Super Bowl commercial. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Think of it instead as a Rube Goldberg machine, reimagining doodles as dense jumbles of steps and if-then rules. The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2024 Transform my doodles into content ideas for my business, which [describe what your business does]. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History



perhaps from doodle to ridicule

First Known Use


1935, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of doodle was in 1935

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Cite this Entry

“Doodle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
doo·​dle ˈdüd-ᵊl How to pronounce doodle (audio)
doodled; doodling ˈdüd-liŋ How to pronounce doodle (audio)
: to make a doodle
-lər How to pronounce doodle (audio)


2 of 2 noun
: a scribble, design, or sketch done while thinking of something else

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