- to draw or scribble idly: He doodled during the whole lecture.
- to waste (time) in aimless or foolish activity.
- Dialect. to deceive; cheat.
- a design, figure, or the like, made by idle scribbling.
- Archaic. a foolish or silly person.
Origin of doodle1
- a small pile of hay; haystack.
Origin of doodle2
Examples from the Web for doodle
But I still visit the Met when a great painting is brought from Europe, although without adding my own doodle to it.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
We also do feel a responsibility to be authentic and educational; every Doodle resolves to a search result so you can learn more.
The first Doodle was before Google was even incorporated, in 1998—the Burning Man logo.
"No doodle bugs in mine, if you please," answered Stacy Brown.The Pony Rider Boys on the Blue Ridge
Frank Gee Patchin
He was quite an adept at whistling the air of "Yankee doodle."An Englishman's Travels in America
"Oh, the water is too cold to go swimming now," said Mr. Doodle.Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble
Howard R. Garis
Even with Doodle's aid he could not have a chance in the race.The Claverings
You didn't save one charcoal sketch, one line drawing, one bit of a doodle on scratch paper?The Trial of Callista Blake
- to scribble or draw aimlessly
- to play or improvise idly
- (intr often foll by away) US to dawdle or waste time
- a shape, picture, etc, drawn aimlessly
Word Origin and History for doodle
"scrawl aimlessly," 1935, from dialectal doodle, dudle "fritter away time, trifle," or associated with dawdle. It was a noun meaning "simple fellow" from 1620s.
LONGFELLOW: That's a name we made up back home for people who make foolish designs on paper when they're thinking. It's called doodling. Almost everybody's a doodler. Did you ever see a scratch pad in a telephone booth? People draw the most idiotic pictures when they're thinking. Dr. Von Holler, here, could probably think up a long name for it, because he doodles all the time. ["Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," screenplay by Robert Riskin, 1936; based on "Opera Hat," serialized in "American Magazine" beginning May 1935, by Clarence Aldington Kelland]
Related: Doodled; Doodling.
Doodle Sack. A bagpipe. Dutch. -- Also the private parts of a woman. ["Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1796]