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

Examples of doodad in a Sentence

where does this little doodad go? has a habit of buying gadgets and doodads sold on television shopping channels
Recent Examples on the Web Red and white wallcoverings in a layered crosshatch pattern adorn the adjoining dining room, which conveniently provides a couple of small closets for linens and other table-scaping doodads. Mark David, Robb Report, 9 Apr. 2024 But Gosselin’s in particular, which leave only the dolls’ heads and feet free, look like attempts to metabolize the violence and misogyny of popular culture, or simply to render pointy plastic doodads tender and warm. Will Heinrich, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 First, there are companies noodling on new forms of computers — like glasses, jewelry, robots or pager-like doodads that are supposedly tailored for AI. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2024 And hairstyling is just the beginning of TikTok’s love affair with gizmos and doodads. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 21 Dec. 2023 The house was a kaleidoscopic mix of African and Haitian art, and traditional furniture, dinnerware, and specialized silver dining implements and doodads—grape shears, a potato fork, a cake breaker, a butter pick—that had no practical contemporary exigence. Martha McPhee, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2023 Many of the best foot massagers are electronic, with plenty of gizmos and doodads to amp up the relaxation, but there are effective low-tech options, too. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 29 Aug. 2023 In practice, users are tilting their phone or tablet left and right to steer, while keeping a thumb ready to tap a creature-capturing doodad in the bottom corner of the screen. Celia Ford, WIRED, 21 Aug. 2023 The two models sport distinct looks—the Tur is sleek and streamlined while the Agil is adorned with all manner of aerodynamic doodads. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 16 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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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“Doodad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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