Definition of scribble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scribble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈskrɪbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɪbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scribble
    BrE BrE//ˈskrɪbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɪbl//
     
    he / she / it scribbles
    BrE BrE//ˈskrɪblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɪblz//
     
    past simple scribbled
    BrE BrE//ˈskrɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɪbld//
     
    past participle scribbled
    BrE BrE//ˈskrɪbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɪbld//
     
    -ing form scribbling
    BrE BrE//ˈskrɪblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɪblɪŋ//
     
    Writing and publishing
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to write something quickly and carelessly, especially because you do not have much time synonym scrawl scribble something He scribbled a note to his sister before leaving. There was a scribbled message on the back of the ticket. scribble something down She scribbled down her phone number and pushed it into his hand. scribble (away) Throughout the interview the journalists scribbled away furiously. See related entries: Writing and publishing
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to draw marks that do not mean anything Someone had scribbled all over the table in crayon.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin scribillare, diminutive of Latin scribere ‘write’.Extra examples She hastily scribbled out a note. The students were all scribbling away furiously. He started scribbling on the pad. Throughout the interview, the journalists scribbled away furiously.
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