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scribble1

[skrib-uh l] /ˈskrɪb əl/
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 of scribble1
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English scribblen (v.) < Medieval Latin scrībillāre to scribble, derivative of Latin scrībere to write; see shrive
Related forms
scribblingly, adverb

scribble2

[skrib-uh l] /ˈskrɪb əl/
verb (used with object), scribbled, scribbling.
1.
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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Examples from the Web for scribbling
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  • Mrs. Brandeis, scribbling in her sales book, stopped, pencil poised.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • When I have time and am not too tired, I comfort myself with scribbling.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • Lucky it is for your patience that my paper is done, for when I am in a scribbling humour, I know not when to give over.

  • One or two tear drops stained the paper on which the girl was scribbling.

  • The girl had learnt nothing from the scribbling nor from the discourse.

    The Yellow Rose Mr Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for scribbling

scribble1

/ˈskrɪbəl/
verb
1.
to write or draw in a hasty or illegible manner
2.
to make meaningless or illegible marks (on)
3.
(derogatory or facetious) to write poetry, novels, etc
noun
4.
hasty careless writing or drawing
5.
writing, esp literary matter, of poor quality
6.
meaningless or illegible marks
Derived Forms
scribbly, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin scrībillāre to write hastily, from Latin scrībere to write

scribble2

/ˈskrɪbəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to card (wool, etc)
Word Origin
C17: probably from Low German; compare schrubben scrub1
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Word Origin and History for scribbling

scribble

v.

mid-15c., from Medieval Latin scribillare, diminutive of Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)). Related: Scribbled; scribbling. The noun, "hurried or careless writing," is 1570s, from the verb.

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