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

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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The alt-pop sensation Grimes put out a music video with a green-screen background on which fans were supposed to doodle. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "A Return to the Original Purpose of Music," 9 Apr. 2020 Teach your kids Learn how to doodle Children's author Mo Willems is livestreaming a doodle tutorial each weekday during the coronavirus outbreak. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Don’t get cut off by the coronavirus. Here’s the (mostly) free tech you need to work and learn," 19 Mar. 2020 Children doodled flowers on the bills and sports fans sketched panthers after the North Carolina football team. Johnny Diaz, New York Times, "Bars and Restaurants Peel Cash From Walls to Help Idled Workers," 11 Apr. 2020 The Surface Go and its Pixelsense display and accompanying stylus will empower your young one to doodle, practice their handwriting and maybe, hopefully, take notes in class. Popular Science, "Kid-friendly laptops to keep your children busy," 2 Apr. 2020 Forced to stay seated and silent, some senators scribbled notes, read briefing books, doodled or just left the gilded Senate chamber for extended periods as the presentations wore on. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Making the case against Trump," 23 Jan. 2020 For the writer: A personalized journal Whether it's used as a daily journal, a weekly or monthly planner, or just a place to doodle, the friend who's resistant to digital notes will appreciate their very own notebook. Meghan Kavanaugh, USA TODAY, "25 personalized gift ideas for every type of person," 15 Oct. 2019 The playful video showed Garner goofing around at the doctor's office during her procedure at Santa Monica's LSG Imaging – doodling animals on her medical chart, blowing up latex gloves and keeping her check-up lighthearted with goofy faces. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Jennifer Garner shares playful mammogram video to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month," 24 Apr. 2019 In what might be the most Internet sequence of events ever, a Twitter post featuring a screenshot of an Instagram post of another tweet featuring an image of a physics assignment with a Spongebob meme doodled on it, has gone viral. Cady Lang, Time, "Is This the Best Use of a Spongebob Meme Ever? Probably," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The creamy fontina cheese blended well with the roasted mushrooms and crunchy onions, but the balsamic glaze spiraled atop the pizza like the perfect doodle delivered an ultra-sweet finish that tasted like a four-star dessert. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Pizza: Dough Pizzeria Napoletana restaurant delivers pepperoni pie worth a drive," 15 May 2020 Cole acts as the guardian of the park’s animals, from the garbage rats to Bitsy’s lonely shih tzu-doodle, Shampagne. Kristen Baldwin,, "Central Park will make your heart sing: Review," 15 May 2020 The doodle portrays women of various occupational backgrounds, from educators and gymnasts to pilots and homemakers. Kristen Rogers And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "Google celebrates International Women's Day with a new doodle," 8 Mar. 2020 Bring a book and get some reading done, knock out some homework, or a quiet craft or activity — a coloring book, crossword puzzles, knitting, or a doodle pad — to keep your mind occupied. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The College Voter Survival Guide: How to Deal With Long Lines at Campus Polling Places," 10 Mar. 2020 Natasha Pickowicz, of Café Altro Paradiso and Flora Bar, posted dreamy doodles of cakes and galettes. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Celebrity Chefs Take to Instagram, and to the Pantry," 3 Apr. 2020 Children's book author and national treasure Mo Willems started hosting a daily afternoon doodle for the world's children. David G. Allan, CNN, "The beauty of a family schedule -- and how to stick to it during coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 Other celebratory days that feature a doodle include Lunar Year, Mother's Day and the birthdays and anniversaries of historical figures and events. Jazmin Goodwin, USA TODAY, "Valentine's Day 2020: Google Doodle celebrates the day of romance with space-themed GIFs," 14 Feb. 2020 Discovering a doodle Scientists discovered the tiny pair of bones, each about the size of an adult’s thumb, at an open area known as the Linjing site in Henan Province. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Oldest carving in East Asia found. But its maker is a mystery.," 24 July 2019

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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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The first known use of doodle was in 1935

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18 May 2020

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“Doodle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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