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verb scrib·ble \ˈskri-bəl\

: to write (something) quickly and in a way that makes it difficult to read

: to draw lines, shapes, etc., that have no particular meaning in a quick and careless way

scrib·bledscrib·bling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SCRIBBLE

transitive verb
:  to write hastily or carelessly without regard to legibility or form
:  to cover with careless or worthless writings or drawings
intransitive verb
:  to write or draw hastily and carelessly
scribble noun

Examples of SCRIBBLE

  1. She scribbled a note to him and then dashed off to her meeting.
  2. He scribbled down his phone number.
  3. Students scribbled furiously as the professor lectured.
  4. She was scribbling away in a notebook.
  5. The toddler scribbled all over the paper.

Origin of SCRIBBLE

Middle English scriblen, from Medieval Latin scribillare, from Latin scribere to write
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to SCRIBBLE

Rhymes with SCRIBBLE

SCRIBBLING Defined for Kids


verb scrib·ble \ˈskri-bəl\

Definition of SCRIBBLE for Kids

:  to write quickly or carelessly
scrib·bler \ˈskri-blər\ noun

Word Root of SCRIBBLE

The Latin word scribere, meaning to write, and its form scriptus give us the roots scrib and script. Words from the Latin scribere have something to do with writing. To scribble is to write quickly or carelessly. To describe is to write or tell about something or someone. A manuscript is a document written by hand. To transcribe is to write down something spoken or copy something written.



Definition of SCRIBBLE for Kids

:  something written quickly or carelessly


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