Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DODDLE, n. [′do(:)dəl, ′ddəl]
†1. A hard pellet of dirt which forms on the tail of a sheep.
Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 191:
Nae wadder fleet can ower them jump . . . Wi' rattling doddles arset stump.
2. The male genitals (Sc. 18th cent. Merry Muses (1800); Cai.1 c.1920; Cai.7 1940; Ags. c.1922 (per Ags.18)); gen. in pl. Hence doddled.
A married man with no family was said to be dum doddled.
Comb.: dog's doddles, the spotted orchis, Orchis maculata (Cai.9 1948). Cf. Eng. dogstones, orchis.
3. A small lump of home-made toffee sold in the “wee” shops in Edinburgh, usually four for a halfpenny; a super-doddle cost one farthing (Edb.3 1929; Edb. 1948 (per Abd.27)). Hence used of something easy or attractive (Edb.5, Lnk.11 1940) or of “money easily obtained” (Gsw. 1934 E. Partridge Dict. of Slang (1937)).
Edb. 1948 (per Abd.27):
See yon car! It's a doddle! Can ye no swim? Man, it's a doddle.
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