scribbling


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scrib·ble

 (skrĭb′əl)
v. scrib·bled, scrib·bling, scrib·bles
v.tr.
1. To write (a note, for example) hurriedly without heed to legibility or style.
2. To draw (a picture) hurriedly or carelessly.
v.intr.
1. To write in a hurried careless way.
2. To make meaningless marks, as with a pen or pencil.
n.
1. Careless hurried writing.
2. Meaningless marks and lines.

[Middle English scriblen, probably from scriben, to write, from Latin scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.]

scrib′bly adj.

scribbling

(ˈskrɪblɪŋ)
n
1. a piece of writing or a drawing done in a hasty or illegible manner
2. censorious jocular a piece of creative writing
Translations

scribbling

[ˈskrɪblɪŋ]
A. Ngarabato m
B. CPD scribbling pad Nbloc m (para apuntes o para borrador)

scribbling

[ˈskrɪblɪŋ] nscarabocchi mpl
References in classic literature ?
She pulled a piece of paper towards her, and scribbling idly on it read aloud in a moment or two:--
A canting, lie-loving, fact-hating, scribbling, chattering, wealth-hunting, pleasure-hunting, celebrity-hunting mob, that, having lost the fear of hell, and not replaced it by the love of justice, cares for nothing but the lion's share of the wealth wrung by threat of starvation from the hands of the classes that create it.
Hence it follows of necessity, that vast numbers of our people are compelled to seek their livelihood by begging, robbing, stealing, cheating, pimping, flattering, suborning, forswearing, forging, gaming, lying, fawning, hectoring, voting, scribbling, star-gazing, poisoning, whoring, canting, libelling, freethinking, and the like occupations:" every one of which terms I was at much pains to make him understand.
In this chair, from one year's end to another, sat that prodigious bookworm, Cotton Mather, sometimes devouring a great book, and sometimes scribbling one as big.
Letellier cast his eyes around him, and seeing the black and meager clerk with the scowling brow, scribbling away in his office, he preferred him to the best gendarme for the execution of this design.
We can conceive what must have been the crusty impatience of the worthy navigator, when, on any trifling occurrence in the course of the voyage, quite commonplace in his eyes, he saw these young landsmen running to record it in their journals; and what indignant glances he must have cast to right and left, as he worried about the deck, giving out his orders for the management of the ship, surrounded by singing, smoking, gossiping, scribbling groups, all, as he thought, intent upon the amusement of the passing hour, instead of the great purposes and interests of the voyage.
She was sitting behind her screen this morning, scribbling idly on the blotting-pad, for there had been a lull in the business, when the door opened, and the polite, 'Bonjour, monsieur,' of M.
Archer was angry: so angry that he came near scribbling a word on his card and going away; then he remembered that in writing to Madame Olenska he had been kept by excess of discretion from saying that he wished to see her privately.
The first pupil whom the Abbé de Saint Pierre de Val, at the moment of beginning his reading on canon law, always perceived, glued to a pillar of the school Saint-Vendregesile, opposite his rostrum, was Claude Frollo, armed with his horn ink-bottle, biting his pen, scribbling on his threadbare knee, and, in winter, blowing on his fingers.
Therefore, though the whole point of his "Current Shorthand" is that it can express every sound in the language perfectly, vowels as well as consonants, and that your hand has to make no stroke except the easy and current ones with which you write m, n, and u, l, p, and q, scribbling them at whatever angle comes easiest to you, his unfortunate determination to make this remarkable and quite legible script serve also as a Shorthand reduced it in his own practice to the most inscrutable of cryptograms.
Meanwhile Hirst took out an envelope and began scribbling on the back of it.
She stopped in front of one of the big clubs and, scribbling a line on her card, gave it to the door keeper.