scrib·ble | \ ˈskri-bəl \
scribbled; scribbling\ˈskri-b(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of scribble 

transitive verb

1 : to write hastily or carelessly without regard to legibility or form

2 : to cover with careless or worthless writings or drawings

intransitive verb

: to write or draw hastily and carelessly

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Other words from scribble

scribble noun

Synonyms for scribble


author, pen, scratch (out), write

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Examples of scribble in a Sentence

She scribbled a note to him and then dashed off to her meeting. He scribbled down his phone number. Students scribbled furiously as the professor lectured. She was scribbling away in a notebook. The toddler scribbled all over the paper.
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The Irish Times reports that the threatening message was scribbled on a surface inside one of the plane's bathrooms. CBS News, "United Airlines flight diverted after bomb threat found on board," 11 June 2018 In a downtown conference room, Mike Petitto scribbled furiously on a wall-size board of card stock as five panelists talked about blockchain technology. Andy Rosen,, "Quick on the draw: Companies use live illustrators to spice up presentations," 10 July 2018 And there is still Mr. Mueller, scribbling away, thrumping like Edgar Allen Poe’s telltale heart, getting louder in Trump's ears every day. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "President Obama Emerges With a Message For the Midterms," 1 July 2018 Spies scribbled in invisible ink, devised codes, spread misinformation. WSJ, "Five Best: Joyce Lee Malcolm," 28 June 2018 Kids can doodle, scribble, draw, and play tic-tac-toe, hangman, or any number of drawing games with these tablets. Sunset, "10 Car Games for Kids That Don’t Involve Screens," 22 Jan. 2018 Many of the jurors looked intently at the judge, scribbling notes on white legal pads. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Jury in Nanny Case Finishes Day One Without a Verdict," 17 Apr. 2018 In court, Winslow II wore a suit and glasses and scribbled on a notepad. Teri Figueroa,, "Accusers fail to identify Winslow II in court," 11 July 2018 Hopson was wearing an old Lakers Nick Young jersey with duck tape over the back and Kuzma scribbled on top. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer League live day two: A mad dash kicks off the day," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of scribble

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for scribble

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

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The first known use of scribble was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of scribble

: 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·ble | \ ˈskri-bəl \
scribbled; scribbling

Kids Definition of scribble

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to write quickly or carelessly

Other words from scribble

scribbler \ˈskri-blər \ noun



Kids Definition of scribble (Entry 2 of 2)

: something written quickly or carelessly

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alleviating pain or harshness

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