- a simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, especially a preliminary one, giving the essential features without the details.
- a rough design, plan, or draft, as of a book.
- a brief or hasty outline of facts, occurrences, etc.: a sketch of his life.
- a short, usually descriptive, essay, history, or story.
- a short play or slight dramatic performance, as one forming part of a vaudeville program.
- to make a sketch of.
- to set forth in a brief or general account: He sketched his own part in the affair.
- Metallurgy. (in a steel mill or the like) to mark (a piece) for cutting.
- to make a sketch or sketches.
Origin of sketch
Examples from the Web for sketcher
"Confound 481" I responded from behind the pages of the Australian Sketcher.My Friend The Murderer
A. Conan Doyle
Only I must wish the sketcher better luck—or a better temper—than my own.A Little Tour in France
I responded from behind the pages of the Australian Sketcher.The Gully of Bluemansdyke
A. Conan Doyle
Very many spots of this kind are there that court the sketcher.
A sketcher and popularizer, not a pile-driver, foundation-layer, or wall-builder.The Letters of William James, Vol. II
- a rapid drawing or painting, often a study for subsequent elaboration
- a brief usually descriptive and informal essay or other literary composition
- a short play, often comic, forming part of a revue
- a short evocative piece of instrumental music, esp for piano
- any brief outline
- to make a rough drawing (of)
- (tr often foll by out) to make a brief description of
Word Origin and History for sketcher
"rough drawing intended to serve as the basis for a finished picture," 1660s, from Dutch schets or Low German skizze, both apparently 17c. artists' borrowings from Italian schizzo "sketch, drawing," which is commonly said to be from Latin *schedius (OED compares schedia "raft," schedium "an extemporaneous poem"), from or related to Greek skhedios "temporary, extemporaneous, done or made off-hand," related to skhema "form, shape, appearance" (see scheme (n.)). But according to Barnhart Italian schizzo is a special use of schizzo "a splash, squirt," from schizzare "to splash or squirt," of uncertain origin.
Extended sense of "brief account" is from 1660s; meaning "short play or performance, usually comic" is from 1789. Sketch-book recorded from 1820. German Skizze, French esquisse, Spanish esquicio are likewise from Italian schizzo.
1690s, "present the essential facts of," from sketch (n.). Meaning "draw, portray in outline and partial shading" is from 1725. Related: Sketched; sketcher; sketching.