1 [skrip]
a receipt, certificate, list, or similar brief piece of writing.
a scrap of paper.
a certificate representing a fraction of a share of stock.
a certificate to be exchanged for goods, as at a company store.
a certificate indicating the right of the holder to receive payment later in the form of cash, goods, or land.
paper currency in denominations of less than one dollar, formerly issued in the United States.

1610–20; earliest sense “scrap of paper” perhaps gradational variant of scrap1; subsequent sense development shows influence of script and subscription, with def. 3a specifically a shortening of subscription receipt

scripless, adjective Unabridged


2 [skrip]
noun Archaic.
a bag or wallet carried by wayfarers.

1250–1300; Middle English scrippe < Medieval Latin scrippum pilgrim's pack < ?


3 [skrip]
noun Informal.
a prescription, as for a drug.

1965–70; shortening of prescription Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
scrip1 (skrɪp)
1.  a written certificate, list, etc
2.  a small scrap, esp of paper with writing on it
3.  finance
 a.  a certificate representing a claim to part of a share of stock
 b.  the shares allocated in a bonus issue
[C18: in some senses, probably from script; otherwise, short for subscription receipt]

scrip2 (skrɪp)
archaic a small bag or wallet, as carried by pilgrims
[C14: from Old French escreppe, variant of escarpescarf1]

scrip or script3 (skrɪp)
informal a medical prescription
[C20: short for prescription]
script or script3
[C20: short for prescription]

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Word Origin & History

"a certificate of a right to receive something (esp. a stock share)," 1762, probably shortened from (sub)scrip(tion) receipt. Originally "receipt for a portion of a loan subscribed," meaning "certificate issued as currency" first recorded 1790.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Scrip definition

a small bag or wallet usually fastened to the girdle (1 Sam. 17:40); "a shepherd's bag." In the New Testament it is the rendering of Gr. pera, which was a bag carried by travellers and shepherds, generally made of skin (Matt. 10:10; Mark 6:8; Luke 9:3; 10:4). The name "scrip" is meant to denote that the bag was intended to hold scraps, fragments, as if scraped off from larger articles, trifles.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Scrip of this kind becomes, in effect, a proto-currency.
At one point, for structural reasons, the supply of scrip in circulation
  dwindled to a noticeable degree.
At the end of the day, farmers are reimbursed by the market for the amount of
  scrip they have received.
Therewith he took the gift in both hands, and set it there before his feet on
  his unsightly scrip.
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