scribble

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[skrib-uh l]
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verb (used with object), scrib·bled, scrib·bling.
  1. to write hastily or carelessly: to scribble a letter.
  2. to cover with meaningless writing or marks: to scribble all over a page.
verb (used without object), scrib·bled, scrib·bling.
  1. to write or draw in a hasty or careless way.
  2. to make meaningless marks, scrolls, lines, etc., with a pencil, pen, or the like.
noun
  1. a note or other writing that has little or no meaning.
  2. a hasty or careless drawing or piece of writing.
  3. handwriting, especially when illegible.

Origin of scribble

1
1425–75; late Middle English scribblen (v.) < Medieval Latin scrībillāre to scribble, derivative of Latin scrībere to write; see shrive
Related formsscrib·bling·ly, adverb

scribble

2
[skrib-uh l]
verb (used with object), scrib·bled, scrib·bling.
  1. to tear apart (wool fibers) in the first stages of carding.

Origin of scribble

2
1675–85; < Dutch schribbelen to scratch; cognate with schrobbelen to card wool coarsely, frequentative of schrobben to scrub1
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Related Words for scribble

scratch, scrawl, jot, doodle, squiggle

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British Dictionary definitions for scribble

scribble

1
verb
  1. to write or draw in a hasty or illegible manner
  2. to make meaningless or illegible marks (on)
  3. derogatory, or facetious to write poetry, novels, etc
noun
  1. hasty careless writing or drawing
  2. writing, esp literary matter, of poor quality
  3. meaningless or illegible marks
Derived Formsscribbly, adjective

Word Origin for scribble

C15: from Medieval Latin scrībillāre to write hastily, from Latin scrībere to write

scribble

2
verb
  1. (tr) to card (wool, etc)

Word Origin for scribble

C17: probably from Low German; compare schrubben scrub 1
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Word Origin and History for scribble
v.

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.

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