What does scribble mean?

Definitions for scribble
ˈskrɪb əlscrib·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scribble, scratch, scrawl, cacography(noun)

    poor handwriting

  2. scribble, scrabble, doodle(verb)

    an aimless drawing

  3. scribble, scrabble(verb)

    write down quickly without much attention to detail

  4. scribble, scrawl(verb)

    write carelessly


  1. scribble(Noun)

    Careless, hasty writing or drawing

    Etymology: From early modern English scrible, frequentive of scribe.

  2. scribble(Verb)

    To write or draw carelessly and in a hurry

    Etymology: From early modern English scrible, frequentive of scribe.

  3. scribble(Verb)

    To doodle

    Etymology: From early modern English scrible, frequentive of scribe.

  4. scribble(Verb)

    To card or tease (wool) coarsely; to run through a scribbler.

    Etymology: From early modern English scrible, frequentive of scribe.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scribble(verb)

    to card coarsely; to run through the scribbling machine

    Etymology: [From Scribe.]

  2. Scribble(verb)

    to write hastily or carelessly, without regard to correctness or elegance; as, to scribble a letter

    Etymology: [From Scribe.]

  3. Scribble(verb)

    to fill or cover with careless or worthless writing

    Etymology: [From Scribe.]

  4. Scribble(verb)

    to write without care, elegance, or value; to scrawl

    Etymology: [From Scribe.]

  5. Scribble(noun)

    hasty or careless writing; a writing of little value; a scrawl; as, a hasty scribble

    Etymology: [From Scribe.]


  1. Scribble

    A scribble is a drawing composed of random and abstract lines, generally without ever lifting the drawing device off of the paper. Scribbling is most often associated with young children and toddlers, because their lack of hand–eye coordination and lower mental development often make it very difficult for any young child to keep their coloring attempts within the line art of the subject. Adults also scribble, although generally it is done jovially, out of boredom, as a form of abstract art, or to see if a pen works. Scribbles are also a kind of web graphics, often associated with pixels and cute websites. They are entirely different from pixeling, as instead of carefully drawing the graphics pixel by pixel, the picture is made by drawing quickly around the outline of object a number of times – this gives the scribbly effect. The result is a very loosely drawn, sketchy artwork. A scribble can also refer to a roughly drawn representation of a design. The term scribble is often used in software design circles to mean a quickly drawn representation of a computer-program or web-site layout.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scribble

    skrib′l, v.t. to scratch or write carelessly: to fill with worthless writing.—v.i. to write carelessly: to scrawl.—n. careless writing: a scrawl.—ns. Scribb′ler, a petty author; Scribb′ling, the act of writing hastily or carelessly.—adv. Scribb′lingly.—n.pl. Scribb′lings. [A freq. of scribe.]

  2. Scribble

    skrib′l, v.t. to card roughly, as wool.—ns. Scribb′ler, a machine for doing this, or a person who tends such; Scribb′ling, the first carding of wool or cotton; Scribb′ling-machine′, a coarse form of carding-machine. [Scand., Sw. skrubbla, to card.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. scribble

    To modify a data structure in a random and unintentionally destructive way. “Bletch! Somebody's disk-compactor program went berserk and scribbled on the i-node table.” “It was working fine until one of the allocation routines scribbled on low core.” Synonymous with trash; compare mung, which conveys a bit more intention, and mangle, which is more violent and final.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scribble in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scribble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of scribble in a Sentence

  1. Karl Buhler, 1930:

    By the time the child can draw more that scribble, by the age of four or five years, an already well-formed body of conceptual knowledge formulated in language dominates his memory and controls his graphic work. Drawings are graphic accounts of essentially verbal processes. As an essentially verbal education gains control, the child abandons his graphic efforts and relies almost entirely on words. Language has first spoilt drawing and then swallowed it up completely.

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    a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
    • A. descant
    • B. gloat
    • C. suffuse
    • D. aberrate

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