do-dad

[doo-dad]

noun


doodad

or do-dad

[doo-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
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Word Origin and History for do-dad

doodad

n.

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

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