See also: doo-dad


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Unknown; attested since the 1880s. Compare earlier daud (a piece of something), later doohickey (a thing (whose name one cannot recall)).


doodad (plural doodads)

  1. A thing (used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall); especially an unspecified gadget, device, or part.
    My mom has a clever doodad for peeling oranges.
    • 1939, Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep:
      The room was too big, the ceiling was too high, the doors were too tall, and the white carpet that went from wall to wall looked like a fresh fall of snow at Lake Arrowhead. There were full-length mirrors and crystal doodads all over the place.




  • Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.
  • doodad” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  • doodad” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

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