Nearby words

  1. do without,
  2. do you read me?,
  3. do's and don'ts,
  4. do, doing,
  5. do-all,
  6. do-good,
  7. do-gooder,
  8. do-gooding,
  9. do-goodism,
  10. do-it-yourself


or do-dad


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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