- a decorative embellishment; trinket; bauble: a dress covered with doodads.
- a gadget; device: a kitchen full of the latest doodads.
Origin of doodad
First recorded in 1900–05; gradational compound based on dial. dad piece, flake
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Word Origin and History for do-dad
"unnamed thing," 1905, chiefly U.S., a made-up word (cf. doohickey).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper