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.

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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 Their quest is one shared by the legions of traders, techies, online scribblers, and gamblers and grifters mesmerized by Bitcoin. Lionel Laurent,, "What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery," 19 Apr. 2018 The era of the Vie Romantique was a time of romantic firebrands, idealistic scribblers and the muses they so often, if so briefly, loved. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "Paris’s Most Decadent Era—and Where to Recreate It," 19 Sep. 2017 Gissing presents us with a gallery of striving scribblers for whom daily existence in 19th-century London is yet another iteration of the new world of industrial labor. Scott Spencer, WSJ, "Scott Spencer," 7 July 2017 At times certainly; that’s an occupational hazard, and not the worst one, for scribblers advising the Prince. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Did William F. Buckley’s Conservative Project End in Failure?," 20 July 2017

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circa 1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of scribbler

humorous + disapproving : a writer or author

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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