Definition of doodah in English:



  • Used to refer to something that the speaker cannot name precisely.

    ‘from the poshest potpourri to the humblest dangly doodah’
    and → doodad
    • ‘As such, then, it's utterly pointless and a complete waste of time, yet it is an undeniably cute doodah whatchermacallit (yes, that's one more technical term).’
    • ‘He has handpassed this questionnaire doodah on to me.’
    • ‘I'm not sure exactly what the little rubber doodahs sheet is made of.’
    • ‘See, once again one of my posts on this site presages a new trend at the cutting-edge of the doodah thingummybob.’
    • ‘Anyway, that doodah said that I didn't have spinal damage so I was allowed to take the collar off.’
    • ‘As the workshop of the world we made everything from gizmos to doodahs, then sent them to each wrinkle on the face of the Earth.’
    • ‘Challenge No. 3 is to make it into some kind of all-singing all-dancing plug-and-play searchable calendar enabled hyper-semantic doodah.’
    • ‘All of the ideas and all of the amends are delegated down from the project managers and the conceptual people to the people who actually produce the final work who are also the people who actually understand what widgets and doodahs are for.’
    • ‘In order to assemble the fax, one has to put the first line just above the second line and be sure that the first line, or the paper it is written on, doesn't have a large velocity with respect to doodah that writes the second line.’
    object, article, item, artefact, commodity
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  • all of a doodah

    • informal Very agitated.

      ‘they'll be all of a doodah because of the bombs’
      nervous, anxious, tense, on edge, edgy, strained, stressed, agitated, apprehensive, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, uneasy, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, with one's stomach in knots, fidgety, fearful, frightened, scared, with one's heart in one's mouth, like a cat on a hot tin roof, quaking, trembling, shaking, shaking in one's shoes, shaky, on pins and needles, in a cold sweat, fevered, febrile
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Early 20th century (in the phrase all of a doodah): perhaps from the refrain of the song Camptown Races.