What does Sketch mean?

Definitions for Sketch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sketch, studynoun

    preliminary drawing for later elaboration

    "he made several studies before starting to paint"

  2. sketch, vignettenoun

    a brief literary description

  3. sketch, survey, resumenoun

    short descriptive summary (of events)

  4. cartoon, sketchverb

    a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine

  5. sketch, chalk outverb

    make a sketch of

    "sketch the building"

  6. sketch, outline, adumbrateverb

    describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of

    "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas"


  1. sketchnoun

    A rapidly executed freehand drawing that is not intended as a finished work, often consisting of a multitude of overlapping lines.

  2. sketchnoun

    A rough design, plan, or draft, as a rough draft of a book.

  3. sketchnoun

    A brief description of a person or account of an incident; a general presentation or outline.

  4. sketchnoun

    A brief, light, or unfinished dramatic, musical, or literary work or idea; eg. a short, often humorous or satirical scene or play, frequently as part of a revue or variety show, a skit; or, a brief musical composition or theme, especially for the piano; or, a brief, light, or informal literary composition, such as an essay or short story.

  5. sketchnoun

    An amusing person.

  6. sketchnoun

    Keeping sketch: to keep a lookout.

  7. sketchverb

    To make a brief, basic drawing.

    I usually sketch with a pen rather than a pencil.

  8. sketchverb

    To describe a person, or an incident, briefly, and with very few details.

    He sketched the accident, sticking to the facts as they had happened.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sketchnoun

    An outline; a rough draught; a first plan.

    Etymology: schedula, Latin.

    I shall not attempt a character of his present majesty, having already given an imperfect sketch of it. Addison.

    As the lightest sketch, if justly trac’d,
    Is by ill colouring but the more disgrac’d,
    So by false learning is good sense defac’d. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Sketchverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    If a picture is daubed with many glaring colours, the vulgar eye admires it; whereas he judges very contemptuously of some admirable design sketched out only with a black pencil, though by the hand of Raphael. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    The reader I’ll leave in the midst of silence, to contemplate those ideas which I have only sketch’d, and which every man must finish for himself. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.


  1. sketch

    A sketch is a rough or unfinished drawing or outline, often made to assist in creating a more detailed work. It can also refer to a brief written or spoken account or description, giving the main points or structure of something, or a short play or performance, expressing a comedic or satiric idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sketchnoun

    an outline or general delineation of anything; a first rough or incomplete draught or plan of any design; especially, in the fine arts, such a representation of an object or scene as serves the artist's purpose by recording its chief features; also, a preliminary study for an original work

  2. Sketchnoun

    to draw the outline or chief features of; to make a rought of

  3. Sketchnoun

    to plan or describe by giving the principal points or ideas of

  4. Sketchverb

    to make sketches, as of landscapes

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sketch

    skech, n. a first draft of any plan or painting: an outline, a short and slightly constructed play, essay, &c.: a short dramatic scene for representation by two persons: an artist's preliminary study of a work to be elaborated.—v.t. to make a rough draft of: to draw the outline: to give the principal points of.—v.i. to practise sketching.—adj. Sketch′able, capable of being sketched effectively.—ns. Sketch′book, a blank book used for sketching by an artist or writer: a printed volume of literary sketches; Sketch′er, one who sketches.—adv. Sketch′ily.—n. Sketch′iness.—adj. Sketch′y, containing a sketch or outline: incomplete, slight. [Dut. schets, It. schizzo—L. schediumschedius, made off-hand—Gr. schedios, sudden.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sketch is ranked #131379 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sketch surname appeared 129 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sketch.

    99.2% or 128 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sketch' in Nouns Frequency: #2736

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sketch in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sketch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Sketch in a Sentence

  1. Reese Witherspoon:

    He called me. He had this beautiful sketch, he works so hard and loves women.

  2. Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Graham:

    Management clearly has gone all out over the last two quarters to aggregate video content and begin to sketch out a business case.

  3. Wendy Bell:

    You needn't be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts. They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s, they have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They've grown up there. They know the police. They've been arrested.

  4. Talesa Marie Chartrand:

    I'm a little wacky doodle, a sketch mcgetch, half ass between day dreaming and paranoid.


    It ain't a day worth having unless there's some site seeing, something I can sketch and trip in; a cool rock, maybe a leaf, something that lights up, or a scented gel pen to remember the memory along with a photo of the day. -SKETCH MCGETCH

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