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.

Nearby words

  1. doo-doo,
  2. doo-wop,
  3. doob,
  4. doobie,
  5. dooced,
  6. doodah,
  7. doodle,
  8. doodle-bug,
  9. doodlebug,
  10. doodlesack

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 doodad



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper