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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Other Words from doodle


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 same goes for having a chalkboard where people can doodle or draw. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "Does the color of your office walls promote neurodiversity?," 6 Nov. 2019 Naturally, most raced to snap pictures with Parrish's portrait of the guest-of-honor, with the guest-of-honor, though the drawings that Giamatti doodled on his craft paper/table setting may have been a missed opportunity. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Actor Paul Giamatti, mayoral candidate Tony Buzbee join Houstonians at Denali Foundation gala in NYC," 30 Oct. 2019 Why not doodle with a ten-cent pencil instead of a $1,000 iPad and stylus kit? Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new sketching platform is designed to help adults get over the fear of drawing," 23 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just talk to me Voice commands will probably find widespread adoption well before touch-sensitive seat cushions interpret our finger doodles as an instruction to change the cabin temperature or play a different track. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Is it time to turn away from touchscreens in our cars?," 26 Nov. 2019 The winning doodle is featured on Google's website on Tuesday, August 13. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Doodle for Google winner: Georgia teen dedicates heartwarming portrait to her mother," 13 Aug. 2019 Enjoy the doodle, trick-or-treating and other Orlando area events that celebrate this spooky holiday. Patrick Connolly,, "Happy Halloween! Google has an interactive ‘doodle’ with creature-based tricks and treats," 30 Oct. 2019 The doodle was illustrated by Nigerian-Italian guest artist Diana Ejaita, whose art work acknowledges Ransome-Kuti’s role as an educator, activist leader and as the first woman in Nigeria to drive a car. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "Google Doodle is celebrating the Nigerian icon Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti," 25 Oct. 2019 The bunks are of Home Depot lumber, the walls often decorated with patterns made out of scraps from pallets and blackboard paint covered with chalk doodles and messages. Los Angeles Times, "Why are these L.A. people sleeping in pods stacked on top of each other? It’s not just the cost of housing," 12 Oct. 2019 Chino, the family’s golden doodle, settles at his feet. Greg Bishop,, "“I Failed Tremendously”: Hue Jackson on the Blues After the Browns," 22 Aug. 2019 Six-year-old Harpo, a doodle mix who worked as a therapy dog for hospital patients, fell ill too. Katie Mettler,, "Dogs’ owners warn of deadly toxic algae," 20 Aug. 2019 Those doodles began to make their way into internet writing with the advent of the first emoticon, : - ), in 1982, and then went on to blossom into the vast expressive form of emoji. Constance Grady, Vox, "The internet has changed the way we talk. In Because Internet, a linguist shows us how.," 2 Aug. 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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17 Nov 2019

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“Doodle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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How to pronounce doodle (audio)

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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