intransitive verb-·bled, -·bling
- to write carelessly or illegibly
- to make or cover with meaningless or illegible marks
- to compose hastily, without regard to style
Origin of scribbleMiddle English scriblen from Medieval Latin scribillare from Classical Latin scribere, to write: see scribe
- illegible or careless handwriting
- meaningless marks
verbscrib·bled, scrib·bling, scrib·bles
- To write (a note, for example) hurriedly without heed to legibility or style.
- To draw (a picture) hurriedly or carelessly.
- To write in a hurried careless way.
- To make meaningless marks, as with a pen or pencil.
- Careless hurried writing.
- Meaningless marks and lines.
Origin of scribbleMiddle English scriblen probably from scriben to write from Latin scrībere to write ; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present scribbles, present participle scribbling, simple past and past participle scribbled)
From early modern English scrible, frequentive of scribe.