Definition of doodle in English:


Line breaks: doo¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈduːd(ə)l


[no object]
  • Scribble absent-mindedly: he was only doodling in the margin
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    • I picked my pen up and began to draw her, absent-mindedly doodling in the margins of the paper.
    • Apparently, science just wasn't his thing, because he was scribbling and doodling all over the front page of his science book.
    • I sipped a coffee, my favourite blend, and doodled absent-mindedly on my notepad.


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  • A rough drawing made absent-mindedly: the text was interspersed with doodles
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    • In the notebook were pretty drawings, simple little doodles of simple little joys.
    • He stared down at the pages filled with notes, the margins empty of any sort of drawings or doodles.
    • She said: ‘I am delighted with the response I received, from simple doodles and sketches to more elaborate paintings.’



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  • ‘The ways of plain folk,’ he says, ‘is rich material for doodlers like me.’
  • And this at a time when, for a good century, art schools had been turning doodlers into artists.
  • Memories of my years as a childhood doodler resurface from time to time.


early 17th century (originally as a noun denoting a fool, later as a verb in the sense 'make a fool of, cheat'): from Low German dudeltopf, dudeldopp 'simpleton'. Current senses date from the 1930s.

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