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doodle

verb doo·dle \ ˈdü-dᵊl \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of doodle

doodled; doodling play \ˈdüd-liŋ, ˈdü-dᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
1 : to make a doodle
2 : dawdle, trifle
transitive verb
: to produce by doodling

doodler

play \ˈdüd-lər, ˈdü-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of doodle in a Sentence

  1. She doodled in her notebook instead of taking notes.

  2. I plan to spend the entire vacation just doodling.

Recent Examples of doodle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of doodle

perhaps from doodle to ridicule

doodle Synonyms

Synonyms
fiddle (around), fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang about [British], kick around, mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle
Related Words
dally, dawdle, dillydally, hang (around or out), idle, loaf, loll, lounge; clown (around), horse around; diddle (with), tinker
Near Antonyms
buckle (down), knuckle down, set (to), settle (down)

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doodle

noun

Definition of doodle

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

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First Known Use of doodle

1937

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DOODLE Defined for English Language Learners

doodle

verb

Definition of doodle for English Language Learners

  • : to draw something without thinking about what you are doing


DOODLE Defined for Kids

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doodle

verb doo·dle \ ˈdü-dᵊl \

Definition of doodle for Students

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

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doodle

noun

Definition of doodle for Students

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


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