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doodle (ˈduːdəl Pronunciation for doodle (informal)

Definitions

verb

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

noun

  1. a shape, picture, etc, drawn aimlessly

Derived Forms

ˈdoodler noun

Word Origin

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

Translations for 'doodle'

  • British English: doodle A doodle is a pattern or picture that you draw when you are bored or thinking about something else. NOUNHe was staring into space, with a scrawl of doodles on the pad in front of him.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: rabisco
  • Chinese: 信手涂鸦之物信手涂塗鸦鴉之物
  • European Spanish: garabato
  • French: gribouillage
  • German: Kritzelei
  • Italian: scarabocchio
  • Japanese: いたずら書き
  • Korean: 낙서
  • Portuguese: rabisco
  • Spanish: garabato
  • British English: doodle When someone doodles, they draw doodles. VERBHe looked across at him, doodling on his notebook.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: rabiscar
  • Chinese: 信手涂鸦信手涂<TRAD>塗</TRAD>鸦<TRAD>鴉</TRAD>塗鸦鴉之物
  • European Spanish: garabatear
  • French: gribouiller
  • German: kritzeln
  • Italian: scarabocchiare
  • Japanese: 落書きをする
  • Korean: 낙서하다
  • Portuguese: rabiscar
  • Spanish: garabatear

Example Sentences Including 'doodle'

Christian doctrine is not the equivalent of a blank piece of paper on which we doodle as we choose.
Irish Times (2002)
Dutroux might have thought she was using the book to doodle away her hours in captivity.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
He picked up a pencil and began to doodle on it as he waited for me to answer.
Jane Asher LOSING IT (2002)
I doodle in exactly the same way as this, although I sometimes add spirals drawn inside rectangles.
Scarlett Thomas POPCO (2004)
I turned back to the doodle that would never become an elephant.
Taylor, Andy Toy Shop
Sometimes a small pencil sketch comes first and, as you ` doodle ", you will find yourself putting atmosphere into it.
Crawshaw, Alwyn Crawshaw's Watercolour Studio
The phone could also be set to send the doodle to another phone or to email it to a computer.
New Scientist (2004)

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