doodlebug

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English[edit]

Doodlebug (def. 3), an antlion larva

Etymology[edit]

doodle +‎ bug

Noun[edit]

doodlebug (plural doodlebugs)

  1. (informal, Britain) The V-1 flying bomb.
    • 2009: "The masterpiece that killed George Orwell" by Robert McCrum
      Soon after Richard was adopted, Orwell's flat was wrecked by a doodlebug.
  2. (informal) A term of endearment.
  3. (entomology) An antlion larva (Myrmeleontidae).
  4. (historical, "doodlebug tractor") An automobile converted into a cheap tractor for a small farm during the Second World War.
  5. (informal) A slackard or time-waster.
  6. (informal) An idiot.
  7. (informal) Someone who draws constantly.
  8. (informal) A divining rod or similarly intended device.
  9. (obsolete) Individual self-propelled train cars.

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