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    Doodle vs Scrawl vs scribble

    Is there a difference between these three words? I've looked them up in the dictionary and basically found similar definitions. Thank you.

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    Re: Doodle vs Scrawl vs scribble

    Hi michaelo,

    doodle (n) = an aimless drawing;
    scribbling or form of sketching performed unconsciously or
    semi-consciously, when otherwise engaged or simply bored,
    such as while listening to someone on the telephone or during
    a lecture.


    to doodle = make a doodle; draw aimlessly

    scribble (n) = careless hurried writing; meaningless marks and lines poor handwriting;
    an aimless drawing

    to scribble = to write hurriedly without heed to legibility or style;
    to cover with scribble, doodle, or meaningless marks and lines

    scrawl (n) = Irregular, often illegible handwriting.
    something, such as a note, written hastily or illegibly.

    to scrawl to write hastily or illegibly;
    to write in a sprawling, irregular manner.

    Regards.

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    Re: Doodle vs Scrawl vs scribble

    'Doodle' is different to me- it's the pictures, etc, that we do absently mindedly while listening. The other two both mean poor handwriting.

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    Re: Doodle vs Scrawl vs scribble

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    'Doodle' is different to me- it's the pictures, etc, that we do absently mindedly while listening. The other two both mean poor handwriting.
    Also, "doodle" is intransitive. You can doodle while you're on the phone or in a meeting or in a lecture. "Scrawl" is usually intransitive too (though I think I've heard it used transitively as well).

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