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
2 : dawdle, trifle

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.

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Massimo Osanna, Pompeii’s general director and mastermind of the project, is convinced that the notation was idly doodled a week before the blast. Chiara Goia, Smithsonian, "The New Treasures of Pompeii," 21 Aug. 2019 The point is to be able to go out and to draw and to think and to be with other people and to doodle or to sketch in a cafe. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Mo Willems Prepares Another ‘Pigeon’ Book," 26 June 2019 Also doodling some Bird Town characters for season 2, and doing some large-scale gouache paintings. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Tuca & Bertie’s art director on the show’s indie comic influences," 14 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The man featured in today’s Google doodle is René Favaloro, an Argentine heart surgeon who performed the first coronary bypass. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Who Was René Favaloro? What to Know About the Pioneering Doctor in Today's Google Doodle," 12 July 2019 Popular breeds include corgis, golden retrievers and any kind of doodle, pets that answer to names like Kona, Luna and Winston. Richard Read, chicagotribune.com, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 10 July 2019 Popular breeds include corgis, golden retrievers and any kind of doodle, pets that answer to names like Kona, Luna and Winston. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019 Instead, Google tapped 55 of the country’s state Teachers of the Year to help create the Monday’s doodle at Google headquarters. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Here's the Meaning Behind the Google Doodle Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week," 7 May 2018 One of my first doodles was about…. me and all these bullies at school. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "Maria Qamar Is the Woman Behind the Art at Our Favorite Indian Restaurants," 9 July 2019 The wordless doodles by Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee's foldable back cover. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life," 11 July 2019 Popular breeds include corgis, golden retrievers and any kind of doodle, pets that answer to names like Kona, Luna and Winston. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019 And while athleisure does make an obligatory cameo, all the sweaters carry twee doodles by Castiglioni’s five-year-old daughter, Margherita. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Plan C, the New Label From the Family Behind Marni, Is the Coolest Thing to Come out of Milan," 27 Feb. 2019

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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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doodle

verb

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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