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

Snip & Sketch adds delay, border functions Because the current Windows 10 Snipping Tool lacked the ability to doodle and add notes, Microsoft felt compelled to ditch it entirely and start over. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds," 6 Nov. 2018 This time don’t get in trouble for doodling unicorn battles in your notebook. 75. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Suggesting amoebas or balloons, their forms float and meander like enormous 1960s flower-power doodles, and would fit in among the work of the contemporary Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future’ Review: Modernism’s Missing Link?," 13 Oct. 2018 Today's Doodle collage, created by Gluekit, gives a sneak peek into the diverse art by including elements from all 32 unique guest-artist doodles. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates the 2018 World Cup by Featuring Artists From Each Participating Nation," 14 June 2018 Bieber sat on the edge of the Queen Victoria Memorial, holding an acoustic guitar covered in doodles. Vogue, "Justin Bieber Held an Impromptu Concert for Hailey Baldwin Outside Buckingham Palace," 19 Sep. 2018 Racks teem with inside-out fuzzy sweatshirts, doodle-print button-up shirts and seam-showing jeans. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Museum Show Where the Exhibits Are for Sale," 6 Aug. 2018 Today's Google doodle is dedicated to Octavia Butler on what would have been her 71st birthday. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Who is Octavia Butler? Google honors ‘grand dame of science fiction’," 22 June 2018 Burnham and her golden doodle Dallas moved from Virginia Beach, Virginia to the Valley after her very public engagement to Luyendyk in March. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "'Bachelor' Arie Luyendyk Jr. buys Phoenix home for $860,000," 4 June 2018 In other words, the camera is looking with the imprecise eye of a doodle. James Vincent, The Verge, "Take a doodle, not a photograph, with this AI-powered camera," 6 July 2018 Its Instagram account is an inspiring collage of travel imagery, doodles and art, quotes and travel advice, and profiles of women who are scratching that travel itch. Jill Sanford, Outside Online, "9 Travel Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram," 1 July 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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