There's a specific word which is used for drawings (like smilies, cars, cartoons, etc) which we made to pass the time, say while talking with someone or in a lecture. I need to know the exact word for it.


Another possibility is scribble. The main difference is that doodles are more likely representational while scribbles are generally abstract, though this is not necessarily true in either case.

  • The main difference is "doodle" is cooler sounding. – Pacerier Oct 8 '15 at 7:21

It's the activity known as doodling.

  • 7
    ...and the picture itself 'a doodle' – Mitch Oct 6 '15 at 14:59

It's called a doodle.

A rough drawing made absent-mindedly:
the text was interspersed with doodles


  • 1
    What about Google Doodles? Just kidding – Hanky Panky Oct 7 '15 at 9:35
  • 1
    Interesting side note: "doodle" first entered English through the 1936 movie "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town". The exact quote in context can be found on IMDB – njuffa Oct 7 '15 at 14:39
  • @njuffa You should send that to OED. Their earliest citation is 1937: R. M. Arundel Everybody's Pixillated p. ix, A ‘doodle’ is a scribbling or sketch made while the conscious mind is concerned with matters wholely unrelated to the scribbling. – Andrew Leach Oct 7 '15 at 14:59
  • 1
    The OED editors seem to be aware of the movie, but presumably they need printed references. The OED2 starts its list of citations for the intransitive verb "doodle" as follows: 1937 Lit. Digest 26 June 19/3 'But everybody doodles.' So Gary Cooper, as Longfellow Deeds, in 'Mr. Deeds Goes to Town', defended himself. He wasn't crazy because he drew squares and circles on scraps of paper -- he was just 'doodling'. – njuffa Oct 7 '15 at 15:42

protected by ab2 Sep 4 '17 at 19:42

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.