[ dood-l ]
/ ˈdud l /

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.


a design, figure, or the like, made by idle scribbling.
Archaic. a foolish or silly person.

Origin of doodle

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

Related forms

doo·dler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for doodler


/ (ˈduːdəl) informal /


to scribble or draw aimlessly
to play or improvise idly
(intr often foll by away) US to dawdle or waste time


a shape, picture, etc, drawn aimlessly

Derived Forms

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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