- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of scribbling
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
Word Origin for scribble
- (tr) to card (wool, etc)
Word Origin 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.