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British Dictionary definitions for doodah


US and Canadian doodad (ˈduːdæd)

noun informal
  1. an unnamed thing, esp an object the name of which is unknown or forgotten
  2. all of a doodah excited; agitated

Word Origin

C20: of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for doodah

Historical Examples

  • He won't have been invited to stay the night—a house guest would set poor Madam Jenks all of a doodah.

    Wilderness of Spring

    Edgar Pangborn

Word Origin and History for doodah


"excitement," 1915, from refrain of the minstrel song "Camptown Races."

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