- a writer whose work has little or no value or importance.
- a person who scribbles.
Origin of scribbler1
- a machine for scribbling wool fibers.
Origin of scribbler2
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Examples from the Web for scribbler
Jarvis readily agrees, but he notes that a scribbler needs to get paid.Jeff Jarvis Asks: Is Google an Evil Empire?
January 29, 2009
And he waved the scribbler doorwards with a contemptuous hand.St. Martin's Summer
Every English scribbler then knew what most men have forgotten now.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
Byron sneered and carped at Southey as a "scribbler of all works."The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4
You know I like writing,” he added after a pause of some minutes, “I have been a scribbler for years.The Way of All Flesh
Well, now you must try and sleep and forget all this nonsense, scribbler!Virgin Soil
Ivan S. Turgenev
- derogatory, or facetious a writer of poetry, novels, journalism, etc
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Word Origin and History for scribbler
"petty author," 1550s, agent noun from scribble (v.).
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