scrib·​bler | \ ˈskri-b(ə-)lər How to pronounce scribbler (audio) \

Definition of scribbler

1 : one that scribbles
2 : a minor or insignificant author

Examples of scribbler in a Sentence

My wife's a banker, but I'm just a scribbler who writes for the newspaper.
Recent Examples on the Web The automated scribbler Lazlo uses to submit more than a million entries to the Frito-Lay Sweepstakes was inspired by a sketch in one of Leonardo's notebooks. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Real Genius turns 35—celebrating this cult classic is a moral imperative," 9 Aug. 2020 Aside from making scribblers redundant, a common worry is that such systems will be able to flood social media and online comment sections with semi-coherent but angry ramblings that are designed to divide and enrage. The Economist, "Don’t fear the Writernator," 31 Oct. 2019 Some devices, like Acer's Spin 3, have tiny scribblers that hide inside their chassis, and others simply have magnetic edges that the pen is supposed to stick to. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell Inspiron 13 7000 review: Premium and practical all in one," 6 July 2019 Since then, scribblers have been stepping between the ropes or into the cage to wrestle a book out of themselves. Gordon Marino, WSJ, "‘Why We Fight’ Review: Punch-Drunk Love," 10 Jan. 2019 Despite its sham humility, this bitter retort to the scribblers who denied him the last measure of greatness falls short for a want of tough-minded self-analysis. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘John O’Hara: Four Novels of the 1930s’ Review: Big Fish in Small Towns," 3 Jan. 2019 Suddenly from amid the anonymous scribblers rises The Media Faker (played by well-known scene-stealer Jim Acosta). Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump the Opera—II," 26 Dec. 2018 Kenzie Smith could be spotted at the park, circulating among friends, but refused all interview requests from the many TV cameras and notebook scribblers who were documenting the barbecue. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Barbecuers take back Oakland’s communal backyard at Lake Merritt," 20 May 2018 That is to say: The wine version of this drink, or any other early-day tipple, is as useful to the street cleaner as the scribbler. Tamar Adler, Bon Appetit, "Author Tamar Adler Shares Her ‘Best Drink in the World’," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of scribbler

circa 1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Scribbler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scribbler

humorous + disapproving : a writer or author

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