verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a sketch or sketches.

Nearby words

  1. skeptically,
  2. skepticism,
  3. skerrick,
  4. skerry,
  5. sket,
  6. sketch book, the,
  7. sketch map,
  8. sketchable,
  9. sketchbook,
  10. sketchpad

Origin of sketch

1660–70; < Dutch schets (noun) ≪ Italian schizzo < Latin schedium extemporaneous poem, noun use of neuter of schedius extempore < Greek schédios

2. outline. 5. skit, act, routine. 6. draw, outline, design, rough out, delineate, represent.

Related forms

Synonym study

6. See depict. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sketching

British Dictionary definitions for sketching



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
Derived Formssketchable, adjectivesketcher, noun

Word Origin for sketch

C17: from Dutch schets, via Italian from Latin schedius hastily made, from Greek skhedios unprepared

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Word Origin and History for sketching
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