- to write hastily or carelessly: to scribble a letter.
- to cover with meaningless writing or marks: to scribble all over a page.
- to write or draw in a hasty or careless way.
- to make meaningless marks, scrolls, lines, etc., with a pencil, pen, or the like.
- a note or other writing that has little or no meaning.
- a hasty or careless drawing or piece of writing.
- handwriting, especially when illegible.
Origin of scribble1
- to tear apart (wool fibers) in the first stages of carding.
Origin of scribble2
Examples from the Web for scribbling
Scribbling notes in the classroom next door is Justine, a shy 17-year-old orphan who is the only female in her class.Victims No More: Congo’s Badass Women Mechanics
June 6, 2014
A couple of ladies, standing on tiptoe, are scribbling over it with eyeliner and lipstick.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
I caught his eye and made a motion with my hand, as if I were scribbling out the bill for our lunch.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
Was he scribbling his cantatas up to the day before the performance?How I Write: Jared Diamond
November 20, 2013
He was scribbling busily on a notepad--and some of it might even end up in the first accused-mob-boss blog.Meet the Mafia’s First Blogger, Tommy Gioeli
March 30, 2012
When I have time and am not too tired, I comfort myself with scribbling.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
One or two tear drops stained the paper on which the girl was scribbling.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
You can see, by the way I am scribbling, that I have an idle and rainy afternoon.The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume I (of II)
McNorton was scribbling notes in shorthand and carefully circled the hour.The Green Rust
He was scribbling on a book of tickets and it was piling up deep.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
- to write or draw in a hasty or illegible manner
- to make meaningless or illegible marks (on)
- derogatory, or facetious to write poetry, novels, etc
- hasty careless writing or drawing
- writing, esp literary matter, of poor quality
- meaningless or illegible marks
- (tr) to card (wool, etc)
Word Origin and History for scribbling
mid-15c., from Medieval Latin scribillare, diminutive of Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)). Related: Scribbled; scribbling. The noun, "hurried or careless writing," is 1570s, from the verb.