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sketch

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noun \ˈskech\

Definition of sketch

  1. 1a :  a rough drawing representing the chief features of an object or scene and often made as a preliminary studyb :  a tentative draft (as for a literary work)

  2. 2 :  a brief description (as of a person) or outline

  3. 3a :  a short literary composition somewhat resembling the short story and the essay but intentionally slight in treatment, discursive in style, and familiar in toneb :  a short instrumental composition usually for pianoc :  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.

Origin and Etymology of sketch

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


First Known Use: 1668

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sketch

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Definition of sketch

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make a sketch, rough draft, or outline of

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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.

1694

First Known Use of sketch

1694

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SKETCH Defined for English Language Learners

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sketch

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noun \ˈskech\

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


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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. 1 :  a rough outline or drawing showing the main features of something

  2. 2 :  a short written work (as a story or essay)

  3. 3 :  a short comic performance


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sketch

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Definition of sketch for Students

sketched

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sketching

  1. 1 :  to make a drawing, rough draft, or outline of

  2. 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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