Definition of doodad in US English:



North American
  • A trivial ornament or gadget, especially one whose name the speaker does not know or cannot recall.

    ‘the latest electronic doodads’
    • ‘For two years, top designers labored in secret to develop a credit-card-size phone packed with all the current doodads - camera, video playback, and MP3 player.’
    • ‘For every digital doodad he purchased to solve a problem, a dozen new problems were created.’
    • ‘You ever seen how many dials and doodads there are in a 737 cockpit?’
    • ‘Nifty high-tech doodads were a hallmark of the original television series, and included the Opticon Scillometer, a viewscreen capable of feats of surveillance that should be impossible in an age before spy satellites.’
    • ‘The reason is simple - they're easy to use and operate, with no complicated doodads or gadgets to get in the way, break or get bent out of line.’
    • ‘The company chalked up revenues of $110 million last year, some 85% of it from selling such digital doodads.’
    • ‘I imagined inviting friends over to watch a movie in my home theater, showing off all the doodads and high-ends and low-ends, and taking great pleasure in their sheer jealousy and my creeping agoraphobia.’
    • ‘The sad thing I felt when reading through this stuff is that I would not be surprised if he sincerely believed in what he is claiming his electronic doodad can do.’
    • ‘My shooting bags are often filled to overflowing with bulky gadgets and doodads designed to make ‘range time’ more user-friendly.’
    • ‘Despite my fondness for electronic doodads, computer upgrades and the like, I have always resisted the idea.’


Early 20th century: of unknown origin.