scribble

To scribble is to write something quickly and sloppily. You can also call someone's handwriting, if it's hard to read, a scribble.

Have you ever made a note of something very quickly, and then later when you tried to read it, you couldn't? That's a scribble. People scribble when they need to write fast. The problem with scribbling—-making a scribble-—is that it’s hard to read. Some people have handwriting that is always hard to read: you can call poor handwriting a scribble. Doctors are famous for their scribbles. The Latin root is scribere, "to write."

Definitions of scribble
1

v write down quickly without much attention to detail

Synonyms:
scrabble
Type of:
write
communicate or express by writing

v write carelessly

Synonyms:
scrawl
Type of:
write
mark or trace on a surface

n poor handwriting

Synonyms:
cacography, scratch, scrawl
Types:
chicken scratch
cramped or illegible handwriting
squiggle
an illegible scrawl
Type of:
hand, handwriting, script
something written by hand

n an aimless drawing

Synonyms:
doodle, scrabble
Type of:
drawing
a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines

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