sketch

noun
\ˈskech \

Definition of sketch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

3a : 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

sketch

verb
sketched; sketching; sketches

Definition of sketch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a sketch, rough draft, or outline of

intransitive verb

: to draw or paint a sketch

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Other Words from sketch

Verb

sketcher noun

Examples of sketch in a Sentence

Noun

He made a sketch of his house. He wrote up a sketch of the plot. There is a biographical sketch of the author on the book's back cover.

Verb

He sketched the trees outside his window. He likes to sit outside and sketch. She sketched the plan for us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Justices Alito, Kagan and Kavanaugh, from left, in a court sketch from October. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Kavanaugh Questions Death-Penalty Method in Missouri Case," 6 Nov. 2018 The inexplicable design choice was most famously parodied in a Saturday Night Live sketch where Ryan Gosling obsesses over it, eventually confronting a fictional version of the film’s graphic designer and screaming in the rain. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "James Cameron’s Avatar sequels have finally moved on from Papyrus," 29 Oct. 2018 Before construction can begin, a simple sketch is created at the desk of Jenny Wegley, the Dallas Arboretum's Vice President of Horticulture Operations. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Dallas Arboretum Uses 100,000 Pumpkins to Build Its Annual Fall Village," 12 Oct. 2018 One shows a smiling grim reaper, another displays the outside of a haunted house, and one even boasts a sketch of Count Dracula. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "These Halloween Stair Decals Will Instantly Transform Your Home Into a Haunted House," 7 Oct. 2018 That’s because Chevrolet designed the front fenders on one of the first CAD programs and did the back ones with sketches and clay. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How I Fixed Up My 1988 Chevrolet Camaro," 17 Sep. 2018 Guests can pose for a sketch by Cyrille Diatkine, get a coloring done by artist Edouard Baribeaud, watch illustrations by Virginie Jamin, or listen to Alice Shirley share her creative process. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hermès Is Launching Its Newest Pop-Up, A Carré Club in New York City," 13 Sep. 2018 While Ed custom-designs the interior with sketches—from hand-cutting cabinets in his shop and welding metal to make custom shower curtain rods tiny enough to fit the space— Amy focuses on the design. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Couple Turns Decrepit Airstreams Into Dream Homes," 12 Sep. 2018 Though the majority of the show was leaned more political, this sketch was a song Fey did with Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and musical guest Nicki Minaj. refinery29.com, "Nicki Minaj & Tina Fey Poked Fun At Mean Girls In This SNL Short & We’re Obsessed," 20 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Through eons of incremental innovation, a cave dweller’s sketching stick evolved into the No. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "Is This the World’s Oldest Hashtag?," 12 Sep. 2018 The indignities to which she is treated (and a couple of them are sketched with acerbic humor by Buñuel) seem, like the fantasies, to ease her guilt toward her husband and to remove, as if by confirming it, her feelings of remorse and self-loathing. Charles Champlin, latimes.com, "'Belle de Jour' is a sexy but sad drama," 13 Apr. 2018 POWAY Kumeyaay-Ipai center to hold watercolor class A watercolor/sketching class on capturing a Native American site in watercolor and pencil will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center, 13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trail. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Women's Club plans fashion show," 30 Mar. 2018 His characters are deftly sketched rather than deeply worked, but interesting and sympathetic. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018 That proposal was never fully sketched out, but would likely have meant 10- to 15-passenger vans serving routes that don’t now have convenient transit lines — mostly from north Seattle neighborhoods to Uptown and First Hill. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council approves free bus passes for high school students," 25 June 2018 After being sketched into stardom, Cook went on to become an English teacher and a mystery novelist. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "The first Gerber baby met the newest Gerber baby - and there's an adorable photo, too," 6 June 2018 Beancounters loom, ready to take away the canvas that the next big thing is sketched on. Bloomberg.com, "Most Companies Talk Creativity; Few Walk It. Art Can Help," 30 Aug. 2017 Yet the numbers that collectively sketch a picture of a vibrant economy don't reflect reality for a range of Americans who still feel far from financially secure even nine years into an economic expansion. CBS News, "Why the robust economy doesn't reflect the reality for many Americans," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of sketch

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1694, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for sketch

Noun

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

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sketch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sketch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of sketch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

: to describe (something) briefly

sketch

noun
\ˈskech \

Kids Definition of sketch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

sketch

verb
sketched; sketching

Kids Definition of sketch (Entry 2 of 2)

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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