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



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 How to pronounce doodler (audio) , 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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Google has marked the first day of the 2019 Women's World Cup in France by making the much talked about tournament the subject of its latest homepage 'doodle'., "Google Doodle Celebrates Start of Eagerly Anticipated 2019 Women's World Cup in France," 7 June 2019 On a humid weekend in June, a teal RV decorated with the Pumpspotting logo—a heart with the circle-dot doodle of a breast—rumbled into Detroit. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Breastfeeding Movement Is Experiencing a Tech Revolution—Here's How It's Helping New Moms," 11 Sep. 2018 Wednesday's doodle features an image of Glasse preparing the dish. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Google Doodle honors cooking legend Hannah Glasse," 28 Mar. 2018 Google is celebrating the 325th birthday of clockmaker John Harrison, who is depicted in the latest Google doodle crafting a tabletop clock while bits of gears and scrolls of paper sit strewn around him. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates Famous Clockmaker John Harrison," 3 Apr. 2018 The company's latest doodle pays tribute to Katsuko Saruhashi, born on this day 98 years ago in Japan. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Google honors geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi," 22 Mar. 2018 But one six-year old decided to doodle in a more poetic way in an image that has now gone viral on Reddit. Diana Bruk, Woman's Day, "The Internet Is In Love With This Kid's Brilliant Response to a Math Question," 6 Nov. 2015 Suggesting amoebas or balloons, their forms float and meander like enormous 1960s flower-power doodles, and would fit in among the work of the contemporary Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future’ Review: Modernism’s Missing Link?," 13 Oct. 2018 Today's Doodle collage, created by Gluekit, gives a sneak peek into the diverse art by including elements from all 32 unique guest-artist doodles. Monica Mercuri, Billboard, "Google Doodle Celebrates the 2018 World Cup by Featuring Artists From Each Participating Nation," 14 June 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 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



Kids Definition of doodle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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