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

Young visitors will delight in seeing Big Bird, Elmo, Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef; adults can dig deep into sketches and storyboards and rediscover some old friends. New York Times, "23 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Presented as a watering hole for animators, the restaurant is filled with sketches and artifacts from Pixar movies. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Part guidebook, part sketch pad, part future treasured diary, its maps impart crucial information, such as whether the beach boasts a shower, snack bar, boardwalk, or boat ramp. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Diary of a beachgoer," 28 June 2018 The director's notebooks have sketches with colors that are coded according to characters and emotions, Lyons said. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "3 Hamilton County friends are behind a fan site for 'Shape of Water' director del Toro," 21 June 2018 Unlike on Viceland, where their comedy was purely verbal, the move will give Baker and Martinez the ability to blow their jokes out visually, potentially write their own sketches and hire correspondents. Jazmine Hughes, New York Times, "How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night," 18 June 2018 His character sketches of his fellow cooks showed a humility and curiosity about the lives of others that made his television series stand far, far above anyone else’s. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "Remembering Anthony Bourdain," 8 June 2018 Should all this be true, Emanuel would likely not be able to reference his sketch of Diana's gown for anyone, even Markle. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana's Wedding Dress Designer May Be Designing Meghan Markle's Gown," 17 May 2018 In his best sketch, Glover was the heartless and inept attorney for Jurassic Park. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'SNL': Stormy Daniels warns Trump," 6 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Coppola started sketching the subway in 1978, when the stations were grungier and the cars were covered in graffiti. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Sketching the M.T.A. with a Subway Archeologist," 30 Apr. 2018 Perez talks about childhood memories of sitting cross-legged in the corner of her aunt’s television studio, sketching in a notebook and listening while her aunt carried out her interviews. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With childhood trauma in spotlight, Milwaukee native's book profiles woman who saves lives," 22 June 2018 The team has sketched out plans for and conducted small-scale tests of a blimp-like airship that would ferry a crew of two on a month-long expedition above the Venusian cloudtops. NBC News, "NASA has a plan to let humans soar above the clouds on Venus," 5 June 2018 Yardage books have been around since at least the 1950s, when the future P.G.A. commissioner Deane Beman, then a junior golfer, sketched crude models for his own use. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "At the Masters, Low-Tech Data Still Rules," 7 Apr. 2018 Saddled with the toughest role of all as the quirky Patty, Paulsen sketches a character whose brusque manner conceals a smart and lonely woman’s unmet need for friends. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Immigration the focus of funny, not-preachy 'One House Over' at Milwaukee Rep," 3 Mar. 2018 Although the committed Gauguin is so often seen painting, sketching and sculpting, his specific artistic process and output are not as deeply examined as might be expected — or desired. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Review: Vincent Cassel's soulful portrayal propels vivid 'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti'," 10 July 2018 Photo: Pa/Zuma Press The six-page technical note sketching the outlines of a temporary customs arrangement follows weeks of wrangling among factions of Prime Minister Theresa May’s government over the type of Brexit the U.K. should pursue. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Proposals for Irish Border Would Keep Britain in EU Customs Union After Brexit," 7 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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