v. scrib·bled, scrib·bling, scrib·bles
1. To write (a note, for example) hurriedly without heed to legibility or style.
2. To draw (a picture) hurriedly or carelessly.
1. To write in a hurried careless way.
2. To make meaningless marks, as with a pen or pencil.
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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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