scribbling

scribble

1 [skrib-uhl]
verb (used with object), scribbled, scribbling.
1.
to write hastily or carelessly: to scribble a letter.
2.
to cover with meaningless writing or marks: to scribble all over a page.
verb (used without object), scribbled, scribbling.
3.
to write or draw in a hasty or careless way.
4.
to make meaningless marks, scrolls, lines, etc., with a pencil, pen, or the like.
noun
5.
a note or other writing that has little or no meaning.
6.
a hasty or careless drawing or piece of writing.
7.
handwriting, especially when illegible.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English scribblen (v.) < Medieval Latin scrībillāre to scribble, derivative of Latin scrībere to write; see shrive

scribblingly, adverb
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scribble

2 [skrib-uhl]
verb (used with object), scribbled, scribbling.
to tear apart (wool fibers) in the first stages of carding.

Origin:
1675–85; < Dutch schribbelen to scratch; cognate with schrobbelen to card wool coarsely, frequentative of schrobben to scrub1

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scribble1 (ˈskrɪbəl)
 
vb
1.  to write or draw in a hasty or illegible manner
2.  to make meaningless or illegible marks (on)
3.  derogatory, facetious or to write poetry, novels, etc
 
n
4.  hasty careless writing or drawing
5.  writing, esp literary matter, of poor quality
6.  meaningless or illegible marks
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin scrībillāre to write hastily, from Latin scrībere to write]
 
'scribbly1
 
adj

scribble2 (ˈskrɪbəl)
 
vb
(tr) to card (wool, etc)
 
[C17: probably from Low German; compare schrubben scrub1]

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scribble
c.1465, from M.L. scribillare, dim. of L. scribere "to write" (see script). The noun is from 1577. Scribbler "petty author" is from 1553.
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scribble

n. 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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