Doodle vs Scrawl vs scribble

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micaelo

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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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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.

V.
 

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

:up: 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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