Meaning of SKETCH in English


I. ˈskech noun

Etymology: Dutch schets, from Italian schizzo, literally, splash, from schizzare to splash, of imitative origin

Date: 1668


a. : a rough drawing representing the chief features of an object or scene and often made as a preliminary study

b. : a tentative draft (as for a literary work)

2. : a brief description (as of a person) or outline


a. : a short literary composition somewhat resembling the short story and the essay but intentionally slight in treatment, discursive in style, and familiar in tone

b. : a short instrumental composition usually for piano

c. : a slight theatrical piece having a single scene ; especially : a comic variety act

II. verb

Date: 1694

transitive verb

: to make a sketch, rough draft, or outline of

intransitive verb

: to draw or paint a sketch

• sketch·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.