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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Dutch
Origin: schets, from Italian schizzo, from schizzare 'to splash'

sketch

1 noun
     
sketch1 [countable]
1AV a simple, quickly-made drawing that does not show much detail
sketch of
Cantor drew a rough sketch of his apartment on a napkin.
2AMAP a short humorous scene on a television programme, in a theatre etc, that is part of a larger show:
Her TV programme is made up of a series of comic sketches.
3TCN a short written or spoken description
sketch of
a brief sketch of the main weaknesses of the British economy
a thumbnail sketch (=very brief description) of topics treated in depth elsewhere

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