from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To write hurriedly without heed to legibility or style.
  • transitive v. To cover with scribbles, doodles, or meaningless marks.
  • intransitive v. To write or draw in a hurried careless way.
  • n. Careless hurried writing.
  • n. Meaningless marks and lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To write or draw carelessly and in a hurry
  • v. To doodle
  • v. To card or tease (wool) coarsely; to run through a scribbler.
  • n. Careless, hasty writing or drawing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Hasty or careless writing; a writing of little value; a scrawl.
  • intransitive v. To write without care, elegance, or value; to scrawl.
  • transitive v. To card coarsely; to run through the scribbling machine.
  • transitive v. To write hastily or carelessly, without regard to correctness or elegance.
  • transitive v. To fill or cover with careless or worthless writing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To write with haste, or without care or regard to correctness or elegance: as, to scribble a letter or pamphlet.
  • To cover or fill with careless or worthless writing, or unintelligible and entangled lines.
  • To write without care or regard for correctness or elegance; scrawl; make unintelligible and entangled lines on paper or a slate for mere amusement, as a child does.
  • To card or tease coarsely; pass, as cotton or wool, through a scribbler.
  • n. Hurried or careless writing; a scrawl; hence, a shallow or trivial composition or article: as, a hasty scribble.
  • n. [In the following quotation the word is used figuratively for a hurried, scrambling manner of walking, opposed to “a set pace,” as a scribble is to “a set copy.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. write carelessly
  • n. an aimless drawing
  • v. write down quickly without much attention to detail
  • n. poor handwriting


Middle English scriblen, probably from scriben, to write, from Latin scrībere, to write.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From early modern English scrible, frequentive of scribe. (Wiktionary)



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