Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To scribble aimlessly, especially when preoccupied.
  • intransitive v. To kill time.
  • transitive v. To draw (figures) while preoccupied.
  • n. A figure, design, or scribble drawn or written absent-mindedly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fool, a simpleton, a mindless person.
  • n. A small mindless sketch, etc.
  • n. Penis.
  • v. To draw or scribble (something) aimlessly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A trifler; a simple fellow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dandle.
  • To drone, as a bagpipe.
  • n. A trifler; a simple fellow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a doodle; draw aimlessly
  • n. an aimless drawing

Etymologies

English dialectal, to fritter away time, perhaps from doodle, fool; see doodlebug.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Influenced by dawdle, from German dudeln ("to play (the bagpipe)"), from dudel ("a bagpipe"), from Czech or Polish dudy ("a bagpipe"), from Turkish düdük ("a flute"). (Wiktionary)

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  • He speaks to me and doodles the disorder's initial letter with green biro in his desk-diary. Croissant? Banana? Sickle blade?

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    July 23, 2008

  • cloodle was making me snicker the other night.

    January 23, 2007

  • It's not just doodle. Any double "oo" makes me a little giddy. Is that sad. I don't think so.

    January 23, 2007