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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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DODDLE, n. Also doadle[′do(:)dəl, ′dǫdəl]

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.Sc. 1721 Women's Indictment 4:
As free of Grace, as free of Boddles, Seiz'd on an honest Burger's D-s.
Cai. 1992 James Miller A Fine White Stoor 162:
And that's a stab, and that's a strainer, and that's a flag dyke, and that's a bull, and that's his doadles hinging doon.
Mearns3 c.1928:
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.

[Cf. Doddle, v., 1 (1). Sense 3. is prob. a separate word from dod, s.v. Dad, n.2, 3.]

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