The true etymology is unknown. The following prior usage has been noted:
(1921) "That old one who saw you out of your shell has gone off to moodle about doing nothing." Back to Methuselah v. 223 1
(1928) "Napoleon often moodled about for a week at a time doing nothing but play with his children or read trash or waste his time helplessly." Intelligent Womanâ€™s Guide Socialism lxix. 328 2
(1938) "So you see, imagination needs moodling, -long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering." If you want to write - Brenda Ueland 3 4
- To dawdle aimlessly, to idle time away.
- The process of lazily meandering through something, doing things as it occurs.
- An enjoyable tinkering that may lead to insight and creativity.
- Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment.