What does scribble mean?

Definitions for scribble
ˈskrɪb əlscrib·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scribble, scratch, scrawl, cacographynoun

    poor handwriting

  2. scribble, scrabble, doodleverb

    an aimless drawing

  3. scribble, scrabbleverb

    write down quickly without much attention to detail

  4. scribble, scrawlverb

    write carelessly

Wiktionary

  1. scribblenoun

    Careless, hasty writing or drawing

  2. scribbleverb

    To write or draw carelessly and in a hurry

  3. scribbleverb

    To doodle

  4. scribbleverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scribblenoun

    Worthless writing.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    By solemnly endeavouring to countenance my conjectures, I might be thought dogmatical in a hasty scribble. Boyle.

    If it struck the present taste, it was soon transferred into the plays and current scribbles of the week, and became an addition to our language. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To SCRIBBLEverb

    Etymology: scribo, scribillo, Latin.

    How gird the sphere
    With centrick and eccentrick, scribbl’d o’er
    Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

  3. To Scribbleverb

    To write without care or beauty.

    If a man should affirm, that an ape casually meeting with pen, ink and paper, and falling to scribble, did happen to write exactly the Leviathan of Hobbes, would an atheist believe such a story? And yet he can easily digest things as incredible as that. Richard Bentley.

    If Mævius scribble in Apollo’s spite,
    There are, who judge still worse than he can write. Alexander Pope.

    Leave flattery to fulsome dedicators,
    Whom, when they praise, the world believes no more
    Than when they promise to give scribbling o’er. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scribbleverb

    to card coarsely; to run through the scribbling machine

  2. Scribbleverb

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

  3. Scribbleverb

    to fill or cover with careless or worthless writing

  4. Scribbleverb

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

  5. Scribblenoun

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

  6. Etymology: [From Scribe.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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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