A doodle is a casual little drawing you do, often while you’re doing something else, like talking on the phone or listening to a teacher’s lecture. Your history notebook might be equal parts notes and doodles.

A doodle can vary from a meaningless scribble or scrawl to a detailed picture of a dog. You never draw a doodle for some specific purpose — to doodle is to draw in an aimless, haphazard way. In the 1600s, a doodle was a “simple fellow,” from the German dudeltopf, “simpleton.” It came to mean “foolish designs on paper” by the early 20th century.

Definitions of doodle
  1. noun

    an aimless drawing

    scrabble, scribble
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    a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines

  2. verb

    make a doodle; draw aimlessly

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    represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

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