- 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 scribble
I scribble the numbers on the paper, and then I look up with a start.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
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
March 26, 2014
Then I scribble down a paragraph here, a paragraph there, when a notion strikes.‘Art of Fielding’’s Chad Harbach: How I Write
May 9, 2012
The Web conversation about the economy looks a bit like a third grader's scribble, up and down day to day with the latest news.Is The Economy Actually Improving?
February 23, 2012
So I'm encouraging anybody who's ever met me, heard me or even seen me, to get in on the action and scribble their own book.Dylan's 70 Years of Trouble
May 23, 2011
He went over to the desk and began to scribble a name on the pad of paper.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
If he be a soldier, he is sure to scribble his name with 'lieutenant-general' before it.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
Scribble him a little note at once, tell him who I am and what I am going to do.Shoulder-Straps
I must really take my pen to scribble a little before I set off.
I have but little time to scribble, and that is only when we retire to dress.
- 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 scribble
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.