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[skript] /skrɪpt/
the letters or characters used in writing by hand; handwriting, especially cursive writing.
a manuscript or document.
the text of a manuscript or document.
the manuscript or one of various copies of the written text of a play, motion picture, or radio or television broadcast.
any system of writing.
Printing. a type imitating handwriting.
Compare cursive.
verb (used with object)
to write a script for:
The movie was scripted by a famous author.
to plan or devise; make arrangements for:
The week-long festivities were scripted by a team of experts.
1325-75; Middle English (noun) < Latin scrīptum, noun use of neuter past participle of scrībere to write; replacing Middle English scrit < Old French escrit < Latin, as above
Related forms
scripter, noun
underscript, noun
Can be confused
scrip, script. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scripts
  • It was cancelled after only one season due to the lack of quality and good scripts.
  • The scripts of his movies were all the same, the songs progressively worse.
  • Gradual evolution and the coexistence of two or more scripts was more often the case.
  • In early scripts, she was a sort of girlfriend for eric while he was in paris.
  • He asked lynch if the filmmaker had any other scripts, but the director only had ideas.
  • Fo wrote scripts, acted, directed, and designed costumes and stage paraphernalia.
British Dictionary definitions for scripts


handwriting as distinguished from print, esp cursive writing
the letters, characters, or figures used in writing by hand
any system or style of writing
written copy for the use of performers in films and plays
  1. an original or principal document
  2. (esp in England) a will or codicil or the draft for one
any of various typefaces that imitate handwriting
(computing) a series of instructions that is executed by a computer program
an answer paper in an examination
another word for scrip3
(transitive) to write a script for
Word Origin
C14: from Latin scriptum something written, from scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for scripts



late 14c., "something written," earlier scrite (c.1300), from Old French escrit "piece of writing, written paper; credit note, IOU; deed, bond" (Modern French écrit) from Latin scriptum "a writing, book; law; line, mark," noun use of neuter past participle of scribere "to write," from PIE *skribh- "to cut, separate, sift" (cf. Greek skariphasthai "to scratch an outline, sketch," Lettish skripat "scratch, write," Old Norse hrifa "scratch"), from root *(s)ker- "cut, incise" (cf. Old English sceran "cut off, shear;" see shear (v.)) on the notion of carving marks in stone, wood, etc.

Meaning "handwriting" is recorded from 1860. Theatrical use, short for manuscript, is attested from 1884. The importance of Rome to the spread of civilization in Europe is attested by the fact that the word for "write" in Celtic and Germanic (as well as Romanic) languages derives from scribere (e.g. French écrire, Irish scriobhaim, Welsh ysgrifennu, German schreiben). The cognate Old English scrifan means "to allot, assign, decree" (see shrive; also cf. Old Norse skript "penance") and Modern English uses write (v.) to express this action.


"adapt (a work) for broadcasting or film," 1935, from script (n.). Related: Scripted; scripting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scripts


  1. A doctor's prescription, often a forged or stolen one (1960s+ Narcotics)
  2. Any note written on paper
  3. A manuscript (Theater 1897+, also publishing)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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