AskDefine | Define sketch

Dictionary Definition



1 preliminary drawing for later elaboration; "he made several studies before starting to paint" [syn: study]
2 a brief literary description [syn: vignette]
3 short descriptive summary (of events) [syn: survey, resume]
4 a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine [syn: cartoon]


1 make a sketch of; "sketch the building" [syn: chalk out]
2 describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas" [syn: outline, adumbrate]

User Contributed Dictionary



From schets, from schizzo, from schedium, from sc=polytonic, from sc=polytonic.



  1. defn English
  2. To create a sketch.


to create a sketch
  • Czech: načrtnout


  1. A quick drawing, often spontaneously produced.
  2. A short dramatic production.
  3. (slang used in Ireland) keeping sketch is to keep a lookout


Sketch is a adjective which describes an adverse or "uncool" situation.. Its use is most frequently found in high school settings. The situations in which the word can be used are near limitless, as it can describe many emotions. the word is slang in origin, and likely draws influence from the term "sketchy."


  • "Billy, that was really sketch when you hit my car"
  • "Sketch! I forgot about the test!"
  • "The sketch man just ran away."

Related terms


quick drawing
short dramatic production

Extensive Definition

Sketch may refer to:
Drawing and other visual arts
  • Sketch (drawing), a drawing or other composition that is not intended as a finished work, but a preliminary exploration.
  • SketchUp, a 3D modeling program.
  • iSketch, an online drawing game.
  • Sketch 3D, a program for producing line drawings of two or three-dimensional solid objects and scenes in the PSTricks and Portable Graphics Format.
  • Skencil, a vector-based graphics program formerly called Sketch and released under the GNU Free License.
  • Multi-Sketch, unscripted improv sketching using a Tablet PC or digitizing tablet.
Literature and entertainment
  • Sketch (literature), a literary art form that flourished in the nineteenth century, often plotless, or sometimes a very brief short story of the type today called flash fiction.
  • Sketch comedy, a series of short comedic performances called sketches.
People and characters
  • Daily Sketch, a defunct British newspaper.
  • Sketch (restaurant), a restaurant, bar, and art gallery in central London.
  • Sketch, a word similar in meaning to "that's bad" or "ugh."
sketch in Italian: Schizzo
sketch in Norwegian: Tegning
sketch in Russian: Скетч (значения)
sketch in Swedish: Teckning
sketch in Tatar: Sketch
sketch in Chinese: 速寫

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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