Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To draw or sketch aimlessly, especially when preoccupied.
  • intransitive verb To kill time; dawdle.
  • intransitive verb To draw (figures) while preoccupied.
  • noun A figure or design drawn or written absent-mindedly.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A trifler; a simple fellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated A fool, a simpleton, a mindless person.
  • noun A small mindless sketch, etc.
  • noun childish Penis.
  • verb To draw or scribble (something) aimlessly

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

  • verb make a doodle; draw aimlessly
  • noun an aimless drawing

Etymologies

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

[English dialectal, to fritter away time, perhaps from doodle, fool; see doodlebug.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

Examples

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

    January 23, 2007

  • cloodle was making me snicker the other night.

    January 23, 2007

  • 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