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doodle

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[ dood-l ]
/ ˈdud l /
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verb (used with or without object), doo·dled, doo·dling.
to draw or scribble idly: He doodled during the whole lecture.
to waste (time) in aimless or foolish activity.
Dialect. to deceive; cheat.
noun
a design, figure, or the like, made by idle scribbling.
Archaic. a foolish or silly person.
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Origin of doodle

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1625–30 in archaic sense “a fool”; 1935–40 in current senses; compare Low German dudeltopf simpleton

OTHER WORDS FROM doodle

doodler, noun

Other definitions for doodle (2 of 2)

doodle2
[ dood-l ]
/ ˈdud l /

noun Chiefly North Midland U.S.
a small pile of hay; haystack.
Also called hay doodle.

Origin of doodle

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Probably extracted from cock-a-doodle-doo; a euphemism for cock3, to avoid association with cock1, in sense “penis”
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British Dictionary definitions for doodle

doodle
/ (ˈduːdəl) informal /

verb
to scribble or draw aimlessly
to play or improvise idly
(intr often foll by away) US to dawdle or waste time
noun
a shape, picture, etc, drawn aimlessly

Derived forms of doodle

doodler, noun

Word Origin for doodle

C20: perhaps from C17 doodle a foolish person, but influenced in meaning by dawdle; compare Low German dudeltopf simpleton
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