[ad_1] verb (used with or without object), doo·dled, doo·dling.
  1. to draw or scribble idly: He doodled during the whole lecture.
  2. to waste (time) in aimless or foolish activity.
  3. Dialect. to deceive; cheat.


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

noun Chiefly North Midland U.S.

  1. a small pile of hay; haystack.


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


  1. a shape, picture, etc, drawn aimlessly

“scrawl aimlessly,” 1935, from dialectal doodle, dudle “fritter away time, trifle,” or associated with dawdle. It was a noun meaning “simple fellow” from 1620s.

LONGFELLOW: That’s a name we made up back home for people who make foolish designs on paper when they’re thinking. It’s called doodling. Almost everybody’s a doodler. Did you ever see a scratch pad in a telephone booth? People draw the most idiotic pictures when they’re thinking. Dr. Von Holler, here, could probably think up a long name for it, because he doodles all the time. [“Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” screenplay by Robert Riskin, 1936; based on “Opera Hat,” serialized in “American Magazine” beginning May 1935, by Clarence Aldington Kelland]

Related: Doodled; Doodling.

Doodle Sack. A bagpipe. Dutch. — Also the private parts of a woman. [“Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,” 1796]


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