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sketch

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noun \ ˈskech \

Definition of sketch

1 a :a rough drawing representing the chief features of an object or scene and often made as a preliminary study
b :a tentative draft (as for a literary work)
2 :a brief description (as of a person) or outline
3 a :a short literary composition somewhat resembling the short story and the essay but intentionally slight in treatment, discursive in style, and familiar in tone
b :a short instrumental composition usually for piano
c :a slight theatrical piece having a single scene; especially :a comic variety act

Examples of sketch in a Sentence

  1. He made a sketch of his house.

  2. He wrote up a sketch of the plot.

  3. There is a biographical sketch of the author on the book's back cover.

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Origin and Etymology of sketch

Dutch schets, from Italian schizzo, literally, splash, from schizzare to splash, of imitative origin

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sketch

verb

Definition of sketch

transitive verb
:to make a sketch, rough draft, or outline of
intransitive verb
:to draw or paint a sketch

sketcher

noun

Examples of sketch in a Sentence

  1. He sketched the trees outside his window.

  2. He likes to sit outside and sketch.

  3. She sketched the plan for us.

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First Known Use of sketch

1694

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SKETCH Defined for English Language Learners

sketch

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noun

Definition of sketch for English Language Learners

  • : a quick, rough drawing that shows the main features of an object or scene

  • : a short description of something

  • : a short, funny performance


sketch

verb

Definition of sketch for English Language Learners

  • : to make a quick, rough drawing of (something)

  • : to describe (something) briefly


SKETCH Defined for Kids

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sketch

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noun \ ˈskech \

Definition of sketch for Students

1 :a rough outline or drawing showing the main features of something
2 :a short written work (as a story or essay)
3 :a short comic performance

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sketch

verb

Definition of sketch for Students

sketched; sketching
1 :to make a drawing, rough draft, or outline of
2 :to describe or outline (something) briefly
  • Should the scheme he had now sketched prove feasible, Silver … would not hesitate to adopt it.
  • —Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island


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