doodle

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

Definition of doodle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a doodle

transitive verb

: to produce by doodling

doodle

noun

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

Verb

doodler \ ˈdüd-​lər How to pronounce doodler (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 Kids who doodle, finger paint, or design bead jewelry aren’t just making art—they’re boosting their brainpower. Mckenna Becker, National Geographic, "Art is good for your kids—and here’s the science why," 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, "Art sets to encourage your tiny Picasso," 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, "9 Travel Journals That'll Make You Put Down Your Smartphone," 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, "A Return to the Original Purpose of Music," 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, "Don’t get cut off by the coronavirus. Here’s the (mostly) free tech you need to work and learn," 19 Mar. 2020 Children doodled flowers on the bills and sports fans sketched panthers after the North Carolina football team. Johnny Diaz, New York Times, "Bars and Restaurants Peel Cash From Walls to Help Idled Workers," 11 Apr. 2020 The Surface Go and its Pixelsense display and accompanying stylus will empower your young one to doodle, practice their handwriting and maybe, hopefully, take notes in class. Popular Science, "Kid-friendly laptops to keep your children busy," 2 Apr. 2020 Forced to stay seated and silent, some senators scribbled notes, read briefing books, doodled or just left the gilded Senate chamber for extended periods as the presentations wore on. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Making the case against Trump," 23 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Higher pledge amounts earn additional rewards, such as a handmade lucha libre mask, a character doodle and the single-issue comics. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "'Spanish comics don't sell': Phoenix artist fights to prove the comic book industry wrong," 9 Oct. 2020 Sharon's doodle is featured on Google's homepage Wednesday. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Google names fifth grader the winner of the US 2020 Doodle for Google contest," 23 Sep. 2020 The doodle features Mendez, who died in 1998, looking over her shoulder at a school, as children of various ethnicities enter the building. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Google Doodle honors civil rights activist who fought school segregation in California in the 1940s," 15 Sep. 2020 On 26th June this year, on what would have been Morris’ 68th birthday, Google paid tribute with a doodle depicting a mural of Morris on the side of 121 Railton Road, the house at the centre of her squatters' movement. Aida Amako, refinery29.com, "Black Women Weren’t Just Part Of Britain’s Black Panther Movement, They Led It," 23 Aug. 2020 As someone who had experienced similar episodes of depression in the past, Hong knew what to do: seek medical treatment and doodle tattoo designs. refinery29.com, "There’s A Reason You Desperately Want A Tattoo Right Now," 14 Aug. 2020 The doodle depicts Johnson in all her colorful, flower-in-hair, bright-red-lipstick glory. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Google Doodle of Marsha P. Johnson, beloved trans-rights activist, will close out Pride month," 30 June 2020 Indeed, the doodle that became Hong’s latest tattoo isn’t just a pretty depiction of plant life and butterflies inspired by the Hayao Miyazaki film. refinery29.com, "There’s A Reason You Desperately Want A Tattoo Right Now," 14 Aug. 2020 Golden doodle puppy Maple arrived in July, and the girls have been giving her lots of love and helping to train her. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, "Summer of KidsPost: A pool, a puppy and a party for Canada," 3 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of doodle

Verb

1935, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doodle

Verb

perhaps from doodle to ridicule

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Time Traveler for doodle

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The first known use of doodle was in 1935

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Last Updated

11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doodle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doodle. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for doodle

doodle

verb
How to pronounce doodle (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of doodle

: to draw something without thinking about what you are doing

doodle

verb
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

doodle

noun

Kids Definition of doodle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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