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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Other Words from doodle


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

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 And, there’s plenty of space for notes and doodles. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Diary of a beachgoer," 28 June 2018 It was covered in paint, decked out in murals and graffiti doodles and designs. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘Make sure more faces won’t be added to this mural’: 16-year-old memorializes slain D.C. teens," 7 June 2018 Google will be honoring the rich cultures and talent of the 32 countries participating by featuring different artists from each of the nations, who will each contribute doodles over next few weeks. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates the 2018 World Cup by Featuring Artists From Each Participating Nation," 14 June 2018 That officially makes us empty nesters, although our golden doodle might object to the description. Mark Pothier,, "The kids are gone, but their boomer parents can’t afford to downsize," 4 June 2018 While plenty has changed from the days of his classroom doodles, at least one aspect for Jarvis has remained the same. Mitchell Kirk, Post-Tribune, "Logansport man finds passion designing for music industry," 18 May 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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