- a professional penman who copied manuscripts before the invention of printing
- a writer or author
- a person learned in the Jewish law who makes handwritten copies of the Torah
- a person employed by the general public to write letters, etc.
Origin of scribeMiddle English from Classical Latin scriba, public writer, scribe, in LL(Ec), doctor of the Jewish law from scribere, to write from Indo-European an unverified form skeribh- from base an unverified form (s)ker-, to cut, incise from source shear
transitive verbscribed, scrib′ing
- to score (wood, bricks, etc.) with a scriber
- to mark (a line) with a scriber