flapdoodle

noun
flap·​doo·​dle | \ ˈflap-ˌdü-dᵊl How to pronounce flapdoodle (audio) \

Definition of flapdoodle

Did you know?

Combining the letters f, d, and l is a great formula for creating funny words-witness folderol, fiddlesticks, fandangle, flamdoodle, flummadiddle, and fiddledeedee. To ascribe pedigreed origins to any of those silly syllables would be fiddle-faddle. Flapdoodle certainly can't claim high-flown ancestors. Like many of its nonsensical fellows listed above, it most likely originated as an alteration of some other absurd word (fadoodle is a candidate), but its exact origins are unknown.

Examples of flapdoodle in a Sentence

The speech was a lot of flapdoodle about the economy. a clear-eyed assessment of the problem minus the usual flapdoodle

First Known Use of flapdoodle

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flapdoodle

origin unknown

Learn More About flapdoodle

Time Traveler for flapdoodle

Time Traveler

The first known use of flapdoodle was in 1878

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast About flapdoodle

Dictionary Entries Near flapdoodle

flapdock

flapdoodle

flapdragon

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for flapdoodle

Cite this Entry

“Flapdoodle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flapdoodle. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!