There are 2 definitions of scribble in English:

scribble1

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Pronunciation: /ˈskrɪb(ə)l
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Write or draw (something) carelessly or hurriedly: he took the clipboard and scribbled something illegible (as adjective scribbled) scribbled notes [no object]: hastily he scribbled in the margin
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    • When we got back he'd managed to scribble a few lines in his notebook with his dud hand.
    • Gabrielle was furiously scribbling down what she was saying when she heard another boys' voice in her ear.
    • He sat there the whole period grunting to himself and scribbling furiously in his notebooks.
    Synonyms
    write hurriedly, write untidily, write illegibly, scratch, scrawl, doodle, dash off, jot (down)
  • 1.1 [no object] informal Write for a living or as a hobby: they scribbled, potted, and painted
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    • She scribbles frantically on sheets of paper, then hunts through desk drawers for more writing material.
    • To her writing was something she loved to do - she never cared whether she won plaudits from critics, she was happy to scribble whenever a story came to her.
    • I'm sure many of my colleagues are frantically scribbling away on their bestsellers in their spare time.

noun

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  • A piece of writing or a picture produced carelessly or hurriedly: illegible scribbles [mass noun]: the postman would never be able to decipher your scribble
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    • Inspired by notes and scribbles already on the pages, Byron commenced a program of drawing, painting and collage.
    • As is characteristic of Johns's graphic work of this time, the drawings feature freehand scribbles, carefully limned curves, erasures and tonal blurring.
    • Before that I made these dream journals and they were filled with poetry and scribbles.
    Synonyms
    illegible handwriting, hurried handwriting, untidy handwriting, squiggle(s), jottings
    rare cacography

Derivatives

scribbly

adjective (scribblier, scribbliest)
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  • Drawn with a relaxed ink line, scribbly shading and a mix of watercolour and gouache, the book has the slightly muted and nostalgic tones of early comics and dated toy packaging.
  • At least, I assume that the scribbly zigzag line is Tony's signature and not something the bookshop asked one of their junior staff to forge.
  • With a nearly unreadable signature (everyone knew his scribbly writing anyway), Jerry signed his name and anxiously took his seat at the back of the room, polishing his silver-painted tuba.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin scribillare, diminutive of Latin scribere 'write'.

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There are 2 definitions of scribble in English:

scribble2

Line breaks: scrib¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈskrɪb(ə)l
 
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verb

[with object] (often as noun scribbling)
  • Card (wool, cotton, etc.) coarsely: machinery used for scribbling and spinning
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    • The first set of papers is the diary, from 1808 to 1814, of Joseph Rogerson, who ran a mill to which the clothiers brought their wool to be scribbled and prepared for spinning.
    • Afterwards it is oiled with Gallipoli oil, scribbled, carded, slabed, and spun.
    • It derives its name from Scribbling Herse, a frame on which the cloth when first made was stretched in order that it might be scribbled.

Origin

late 17th century: probably from Low German; compare with German schrubbeln (in the same sense), frequentative of Low German schrubben 'to scrub'.

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