- a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
- a public clerk or writer, usually one having official status.
- 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.
- a writer or author, especially a journalist.
- to act as a scribe; write.
- to write down.
Origin of scribe1
- to mark or score (wood or the like) with a pointed instrument as a guide to cutting or assembling.
Origin of scribe2
Related Words for scribedcarve, etch, engrave, compose, rewrite, create, scrawl, sign, note, record, pen, draft, address, print, scribble, tell, cut, list, register, impress
Examples from the Web for scribed
Historical Examples of scribed
He scribed away, occupying his leisure moments with his great work.Bones
Then the legs are closed to remove the caliper, and are reset to the scribed line.Measuring Tools
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
He 'scribed the man that had conjured Willie but everybody knowed John had done it 'fore the fortune teller told us.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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- a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
- a clerk or public copyist
- Old Testament a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
- Judaism a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
- an author or journalist: used humorously
- another name for scriber
- to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
Word Origin for scribe
- Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791–1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera
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.
"to write," mid-15c., from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).