doodad

noun

doo·​dad ˈdü-ˌdad How to pronounce doodad (audio)
1
: an ornamental attachment or decoration
2
: an often small article whose common name is unknown or forgotten : gadget

Example Sentences

where does this little doodad go? has a habit of buying gadgets and doodads sold on television shopping channels
Recent Examples on the Web One’s a literal box; the other is a curvilinear space oyster that looks like a background doodad from Mass Effect. Jess Grey, Wired, 12 Nov. 2021 To make a dream box, first have kids decorate an empty tissue box with markers, glue, and little doodads (yarn balls, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, buttons, sequins, whatever!). Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, 11 May 2020 Planes aren't flying, cars aren't driving, consumers aren't buying the petrochemical doodads that pervade modern life. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 21 Apr. 2020 Amber Gorby ordered the beach towels, stuffed animals, smartphone chargers and the other doodads found by the cash registers at HomeTown Pharmacy's three dozen stores. M.l. Elrick, Detroit Free Press, 21 Apr. 2020 For the most powerful wash, position the tines (sharp doodads) of forks and the bowls of spoons sticking up. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 10 Apr. 2020 Katona herself was a garden artist before Xanderland; her yard was alive with flowers, a koi pond, dozens of wind chimes, a forest of glass mushrooms, a huge fairy mosaic in the grass and shiny spinning doodads amid it all. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2020 In the next room, a separate crew was putting together a cockpit made primarily of plywood and various blinking doodads to simulate the interior of a helicopter. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2020 IoT manufacturers will often outsource components, so a mistake in one SoC can impact a wide range of connected doodads. Brian Barrett, Wired, 22 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

origin unknown

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of doodad was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Doodad.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doodad. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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