doo·dle | \ ˈdü-dᵊl \
doodled; doodling\ˈdüd-liŋ, 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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doodler \ˈdüd-lər, ˈdü-dᵊl-ər \ noun

Examples of doodle in a Sentence


She doodled in her notebook instead of taking notes. I plan to spend the entire vacation just doodling.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tablets are more portable and more versatile than regular laptops, allowing teachers and kids to easily doodle out lesson examples and ideas and share that content with peers. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Acer Chromebook Tab 10 review: Chrome OS revives Google’s tablet future," 23 June 2018 Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian doodled the creature in a notebook during a marketing class his senior year at the University of Virginia. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Transformative Power of Reddit's Alien Mascot," 6 July 2018 Kids can doodle, scribble, draw, and play tic-tac-toe, hangman, or any number of drawing games with these tablets. Sunset, "10 Car Games for Kids That Don’t Involve Screens," 22 Jan. 2018 Our cities belong to some doodling realm that exists in the margins, beyond the concerns of form and function. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Inward Empire," 27 June 2018 Apple is supposed to announce the iPad at an event next Tuesday, and its invitation to the event was clearly doodled with the Pencil. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Apple’s low-cost iPad ‘will likely’ support the Pencil, analyst says," 23 Mar. 2018 Brainchild of Mark Basso and three friends, the original track layout of the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet was doodled on a napkin and is still framed in the bar of the clubhouse. Michael Whiteley,, "In the name of speed: Autobahn Country Club lets Chicagoans be hooligans," 20 July 2017 The latest model also supports Apple’s Pencil stylus if Mom likes to doodle. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Mother’s Day gift guide," 7 May 2018 An Iowa teen just doodled his way into Caltech and MIT. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "This Etch A Sketch History of Calculus Helped Get a Kid Into Caltech and MIT," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Naturally, the fossil’s 2009 doodle offended creationists. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "18 years of Google Doodles and the people who hate them," 2 Apr. 2018 At the far end of the acreage Saturday, Tinley Park resident Peggy Smutny, was visiting with her golden doodle, Penny, and friend, Frankfort resident Kay Schultz. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "Dog days of summer: Tinley Park district throws Beach Pawty at Canine Campus park," 9 July 2018 Her doodle will be featured on the Google homepage for an entire day. Sarah Bonnette,, "Artscape: Wealth of young artistic talent on display on the north shore," 16 May 2018 Through a garage door entrance and past a bar stacked with vinyl, descend a few steps into the cozy dining room with piles of old books, exposed brick and a wall covered in mesmerizing doodles. Ingrid K. Williams, New York Times, "36 Hours in Gothenburg, Sweden," 10 May 2018 The food paintings of Dan Bransfield have the airiness of sidewalk doodles. Christopher Borrelli,, "Author of 'Pizzapedia,' a book about pizza history, shares his memories," 18 Apr. 2018 To find out the Wienermobile schedule, download the Oscar Mayer app which also features a 360-degree driving game and a tool to add a Wienermobile doodle to any of your photos. Nancy Daly,, "Got relish? Wienermobile rolls into Greater Cincinnati this weekend," 10 July 2018 This is because not only is the camera’s output limited by the doodle data, but because that data is itself only a visual shorthand. James Vincent, The Verge, "Take a doodle, not a photograph, with this AI-powered camera," 6 July 2018 But Cropper, a dog trainer, knew their pets: three red heelers and a golden doodle. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Only one got out’: Man says he tried to save dogs trapped in Wasilla-area fire," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of doodle

: to draw something without thinking about what you are doing


doo·dle | \ ˈdü-dᵊl \
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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