verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- sketch book, the,
- sketch map,
Origin of sketch
Examples from the Web for sketching
However, on other issues, she still was sketching out her positions.Meet Montana's Nose-Ringed Candidate for the U.S. Senate|Ben Jacobs|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The designer, who is often considered one of the last great couturiers, jokes that he could have kept on sketching forever.Christian Lacroix’s Couture Collection for Schiaparelli|Alice Cavanagh|July 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the first two, look for tone: is Obama preparing for a streetfight, or sketching the outlines of a deal?
A TV pilot for HBO, and a book of stories that I'm just now sketching out.How I Write: ‘The Tragedy of Arthur’ by Arthur Phillips|Noah Charney|August 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There are now so many demands on a designer that have nothing to do with sketching and draping.Paris Fall Fashion Week Ends With Vuitton and Kanye|Robin Givhan|March 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I was in your neighborhood, you must know, on a sketching tour.I Say No|Wilkie Collins
Leave being granted, the Athenian orator entered on his subject by sketching the course of events for the last sixty years.Stories from Thucydides|H. L. Havell
The sketching easel that is good for anything has never been made to sell for a dollar and a half.The Painter in Oil|Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
Now I should like to try the experiment of sketching in outline a new kind of biography.The Joyful Heart|Robert Haven Schauffler
What I like is to sit by the hour in a place, sketching or meditating.An Autobiography|Elizabeth Butler
Word Origin for sketch
"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.