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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

Example Sentences

Verb She doodled in her notebook instead of taking notes. I plan to spend the entire vacation just doodling.
Recent Examples on the Web
As part of the presentation, models were asked to use fluorescent markers to doodle on transparent easels and podiums, outlining the imprint of Del Vas’s signature cleave-toe shoe, a style handmade by a total of eight artisans in her native Spain. Tina Isaac-goizé, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2023 It’s made by Juicy Couture and exactly no part of me is shocked, though I’m amused by the thought of how many other moms and dads would've bid on a designer diary for their child to doodle about hating their parents. Audra Heinrichs, ELLE, 19 Feb. 2022 The first-ever white cup was designed so fans could doodle and personalize their cups. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2022 So put that creative brain to work: Bust out the crayons, fire up a graphic design program – or just doodle something on your phone or tablet! Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 2 Nov. 2022 Her children were allowed to doodle right on their bedroom walls, and Slaughter had a dog bed crafted from her own fabric when the matching couch took a while to arrive. House Beautiful, 13 Sep. 2022 The Fold can be used with Samsung’s S Pen devices for those who prefer to doodle on that big, wide screen with a stylus. Barry Collins, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Not as a child might doodle a T. rex, but as an artist drawing a self-portrait. New York Times, 9 July 2022 You'll be given the option to doodle your signature on your screen, which is easier to get right than on a computer. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022
The museum’s other galleries include the DinoLabs and DinoDigs, the Noble Space Gallery and the hands-on Innovation Studio where visitors can invent, doodle and design. Dallas News, 26 Jan. 2023 Or just a single wispy cloud in a winter sky, like a friendly doodle. Sharman Apt Russell, Discover Magazine, 7 July 2018 Made from polyester and cotton, the heather gray crewneck sweatshirt has a doodle of none other than Sully and Mike from Monster's Inc standing between the Pixar logo. Casey Clark, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2023 Then, with a dazzling net-front dipsy-doodle as if a page torn from the Rick Middleton book of trickery, the 6-foot-3-inch Nosek finished with a nifty backhand tuck inside the right post. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 4 Mar. 2023 Late last year, Google dedicated a doodle to Lawson on what would’ve been his 82nd birthday—his life story ini 8-bit game form. Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2023 Salmon, 17, grabbed a squirmy golden doodle from the back of the car and tossed him to safety. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2023 This fit-for-Valentine's Day set includes doodle-y heart studs and pavé cherries for mixing and matching. Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Feb. 2023 The Try Guys, who first began producing viral videos in 2014 while working at BuzzFeed, have switched their profile pics on social media to the group’s logo featuring a doodle of a rhino. Todd Spangler, Variety, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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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 27 Mar. 2023.

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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