Handy Sam, with one foot up on the table and a pencil between his toes, was doodling self-consciously on a paper napkin.
Perry looked at the table, doodling in the puddles of beer with a fingertip.
Vall looked at the pad and winced; the Chief was doodling bugs again—red ants with black legs, and blue-and-green beetles.
Don't mind my doodling either—see the border I drew around your true name while I daydreamed and my pen was thinking for me?
"Why—its like some of the designs in his doodling," he exclaimed.
When he got back to Tortha Karf's office, the Chief was awake, and doodling on his notepad with his multicolor pen.
"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]
Idle playing; fool around, noodling: When Sinatra entered the wings, the doodling ceased (1970s+)
[second sense apparently coined by Robert Riskin, screenwriter for the movie Mr Deeds Goes to Town; third sense perhaps fr doo, childish word for ''shit'']