scribble

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verb scrib·ble \ˈskri-bəl\

Definition of scribble

scribbled

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scribbling

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  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to write hastily or carelessly without regard to legibility or form

  3. 2 :  to cover with careless or worthless writings or drawings

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to write or draw hastily and carelessly

scribble

noun

Examples of scribble in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of scribble

Middle English scriblen, from Medieval Latin scribillare, from Latin scribere to write


SCRIBBLE Defined for English Language Learners

scribble

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Definition of scribble for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SCRIBBLE Defined for Kids

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scribble

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verb scrib·ble \ˈskri-bəl\

Definition of scribble for Students

scribbled

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scribbling

  1. :  to write quickly or carelessly

scribbler

\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.


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scribble

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noun scrib·ble

Definition of scribble for Students

  1. :  something written quickly or carelessly



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