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.
- scrib·bling·ly, adverb
Other definitions for scribble (2 of 2)
to tear apart (wool fibers) in the first stages of carding.
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How to use scribble in a sentence
Alles could hardly get his answer out before Porter scribbled more math on the board.‘Mighty whiteboard of truth’: The weapon Rep. Katie Porter used to school a pharma exec — and plenty others | Teo Armus | October 1, 2020 | Washington Post
She turns to the board on her left to scribble some numbers.‘Mighty whiteboard of truth’: The weapon Rep. Katie Porter used to school a pharma exec — and plenty others | Teo Armus | October 1, 2020 | Washington Post
Whether scribbling your first multiplication facts or shading intricate works of art, it is important to consider the type and variety of pencils available in the marketplace.
Coupled with the new iPadOS 14 and the Apple Pencil, people can do tasks like scribble notes on their iPad.Apple debuts its new iPad and iPad Air during its ‘Time Flies’ event | jonathanvanian2015 | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
While my jobs have all been all-consuming, whenever I had spare moments I would scribble down ideas, noodle over business plans, even conduct small pilots and experiments.The CEO striving to make vintage, secondhand clothing as popular as fast fashion | Rachel King | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
I scribble the numbers on the paper, and then I look up with a start.
It is much easier to just scribble out a prescription without thinking, but doing so is lazy and poor patient care.Doctors Can’t Prescribe a Magical Cure for Everything | Russell Saunders | March 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Atop each page of his notebook McCartney would scribble ANOTHER LENNON-MCCARTNEY ORIGINAL.The Beatles Succeeded Through Talent, Ambition, and a Lot of Arrogance | Andrew Romano | November 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Journalists will still scribble down the things they say, but most Americans have by now tuned all that toxicity out.
Then I scribble down a paragraph here, a paragraph there, when a notion strikes.
This habit of scribble may persist after a child attempts a linear description of the parts of an object.Children's Ways | James Sully
Porky pulled out his check-book and begun to scribble with one of them squirt-gun pens.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher | Eleanor Gates
Peter hurried away, pausing for a moment in the promenade to scribble a line or two at the back of one of his own cards.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
After lunch felt so sick of scribble, scribble, scribble whilst adventure sat seductive upon my doorstep that I fluttered forth.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
Then he took out a notebook and his famous fountain pen, and began to scribble.Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
British Dictionary definitions for scribble (1 of 2)
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
- scribbly, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for scribble (2 of 2)
(tr) to card (wool, etc)
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