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[doo-dad] /ˈduˌdæd/
noun, Informal.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Word Origin and History for doodad

"unnamed thing," 1905, chiefly U.S., a made-up word (cf. doohickey).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for doodad



  1. (Variations: do-dad or do-funny or doofunny or do-hickey or doohickey or do-hinky or doohinky or do-jigger or doojigger or doowhangam or do-whistle or doowhistle or do-willie or doowillie) Any unspecified or unspecifiable thing; something one does not know the name of or does not wish to name; gadget, thingamajig: We may have turned into what looks like a nation of doohickeys/ Imagination and art aren't worth those little doowhangams you put under a sofa leg
  2. Something useless or merely ornamental: There was not one photograph, not a doodad, not a toy, not a cup, of my own (1905+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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