sketch

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noun

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

sketch

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verb

sketched; sketching; sketches

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
From there, the singer throws in a few character sketches amid apparent portraits of his real life. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 July 2024 Every scribble, sketch, and scheme hits the page and blasts off to the digital world with its app for smart devices. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 4 July 2024
Verb
Groups in Carter’s hometown of Plains are still sketching out plans for how to pay tribute around the time of his birthday. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 1 July 2024 As with any leader in command of a large operation, showrunners must be effective delegators, having more junior team members break episodes, sketch out scenes, and handle rewrites. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 30 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for sketch 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1694, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of sketch was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Sketch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sketch. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

sketch

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a rough drawing representing the chief features of an object or scene
b
: a rough draft (as of a story)
2
: a brief description or outline
3
: a short comedy piece

sketch

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make a sketch, rough draft, or outline of
2
: to draw or paint a sketch
sketcher noun

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