Definition of doodah in English:

doodah

Line breaks: doo¦dah
Pronunciation: /ˈduːdɑː
 
/

noun

British informal
  • Used to refer to something that the speaker cannot name precisely: from the poshest potpourri to the humblest dangly doodah
    More example sentences
    • As the workshop of the world we made everything from gizmos to doodahs, then sent them to each wrinkle on the face of the Earth.
    • All of the ideas and all of the amends are delegated down from the project managers and the conceptual people to the people who actually produce the final work who are also the people who actually understand what widgets and doodahs are for.
    • See, once again one of my posts on this site presages a new trend at the cutting-edge of the doodah thingummybob.

Phrases

all of a doodah

Very agitated: they’ll be all of a doodah because of the bombs

Origin

early 20th century (in the phrase all of a doodah): perhaps from the refrain of the song Camptown Races.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea