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  1. a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
  2. a public clerk or writer, usually one having official status.
  3. Also called sopher, sofer. Judaism. one of the group of Palestinian scholars and teachers of Jewish law and tradition, active from the 5th century b.c. to the 1st century a.d., who transcribed, edited, and interpreted the Bible.
  4. a writer or author, especially a journalist.
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verb (used without object), scribed, scrib·ing.
  1. to act as a scribe; write.
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verb (used with object), scribed, scrib·ing.
  1. to write down.
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Origin of scribe1

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin scrība clerk, derivative of scrībere to write
Related formsscrib·al, adjectiveun·scrib·al, adjective


verb (used with object), scribed, scrib·ing.
  1. to mark or score (wood or the like) with a pointed instrument as a guide to cutting or assembling.
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  1. scriber.
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Origin of scribe2

First recorded in 1670–80; perhaps aphetic form of inscribe
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Examples from the Web for scribed

Historical Examples

  • He scribed away, occupying his leisure moments with his great work.


    Edgar Wallace

  • Then the legs are closed to remove the caliper, and are reset to the scribed line.

  • The sill and middle rails are scribed and stub-tenoned to the posts.

    Rustic Carpentry

    Paul N. Hasluck

  • She rolled over and grabbed my keyboard and scribed on the touchpad with her fingertip.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • He 'scribed the man that had conjured Willie but everybody knowed John had done it 'fore the fortune teller told us.

British Dictionary definitions for scribed


  1. a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
  2. a clerk or public copyist
  3. Old Testament a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
  4. Judaism a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
  5. an author or journalist: used humorously
  6. another name for scriber
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  1. to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
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Derived Formsscribal, adjective

Word Origin

(in the senses: writer, etc) C14: from Latin scrība clerk, from scrībere to write; C17 (vb): perhaps from inscribe


  1. Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791–1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera
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Word Origin and History for scribed



c.1200, "professional interpreter of the Jewish Law" (late 11c. as a surname), from Church Latin scriba "teacher of Jewish law," used in Vulgate to render Greek grammateus (corresponding to Hebrew sopher "writer, scholar"), special use of Latin scriba "keeper of accounts, secretary, writer," from past participle stem of scribere "to write;" see script (n.). Sense "one who writes, official or public writer" in English is from late 14c.

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"to write," mid-15c., from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

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