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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sketch

    A sketch is a rough, suggestive presentation of anything, whether graphic or literary, commonly intended to be preliminary to a more complete or extended treatment. An outline gives only the bounding or determining lines of a figure or a scene; a sketch may give not only lines, but shading and color, but is hasty and incomplete. The lines of a sketch are seldom so full and continuous as those of an outline, being, like the shading or color, little more than indications or suggestions according to which a finished picture may be made; the artist's first representation of a sunset, the hues of which change so rapidly, must of necessity be a sketch. Draft and plan apply especially to mechanical drawing, of which outline, sketch, and drawing are also used; a plan is strictly a view from above, as of a building or machine, giving the lines of a horizontal section, originally at the level of the ground, now in a wider sense at any height; as, a plan of the cellar; a plan of the attic. A mechanical drawing is always understood to be in full detail; a draft is an incomplete or unfinished drawing; a design is such a preliminary sketch as indicates the object to be accomplished or the result to be attained, and is understood to be original. One may make a drawing of any well-known mechanism, or a drawing from another man's design; but if he says, "The design is mine," he claims it as his own invention or composition. In written composition an outline gives simply the main divisions, and in the case of a sermon is often called a skeleton; a somewhat fuller suggestion of illustration, treatment, and style is given in a sketch. A lawyer's brief is a succinct statement of the main facts involved in a case, and of the main heads of his argument on points of law, with reference to authorities cited; the brief has none of the vagueness of a sketch, being sufficiently exact and complete to form, on occasion, the basis for the decision of the court without oral argument, when the case is said to be "submitted on brief." Compare DESIGN.

    brief, design, draft, drawing, outline, picture, plan, skeleton

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sketchnoun

    outline, draught, skeleton, delineation

  2. sketchverb

    outline, draw, depict, portray, paint, delineate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sketch, studynoun

    preliminary drawing for later elaboration

    "he made several studies before starting to paint"

    cogitation, subject, report, resume, discipline, subject area, cartoon, work, study, subject field, written report, survey, field, field of study, bailiwick, vignette

  2. sketch, vignettenoun

    a brief literary description

    vignette, resume, survey, study, cartoon

  3. sketch, survey, resumenoun

    short descriptive summary (of events)

    resume, study, sight, cartoon, view, vignette, survey, curriculum vitae

  4. cartoon, sketchverb

    a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine

    resume, toon, study, survey, cartoon, animated cartoon, vignette

  5. sketch, chalk outverb

    make a sketch of

    "sketch the building"

    adumbrate, outline, chalk out

  6. sketch, outline, adumbrateverb

    describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of

    "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas"

    limn, adumbrate, outline, intimate, insinuate, draft, delineate, chalk out

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sketchnoun

    outline, drawing, delineation, plan, skeleton, pencilling, plot, rough draft, first draft, design in outline

  2. sketchverb

    draw (in outline), chalk out, make a rough draught of

  3. sketchverb

    depict, delineate, represent, portray, paint, pencil, shadow forth

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sketchnoun

    draught, outline, plan, drawing, design, scenario, esquisse

  2. sketchverb

    draught, portray, draw, depict, delineate


  1. List of known nicknames for "Sketch":

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How to use sketch in a sentence?

  1. Hester Peirce:

    I see this proposal as a path forward that achieves the objective of getting token purchasers the information they need, but it is also just a sketch - a work in progress - that requires productive engagement from the public.

  2. Joe Piscopo:

    It was such a great, organized sketch, but don’t put Stormy Daniels in there — what do I tell my kids?


    It ain't a day worth having unless there's some site seeing, something I can sketch and trip in; a cool rock, maybe a leaf, something that lights up, or a scented gel pen to remember the memory along with a photo of the day. -SKETCH MCGETCH

  4. Sarah Silverman:

    I don't stand by the blackface sketch, i'm horrified by it, and I can't erase it. I can only be changed by it and move on.

  5. John Koenig:

    We sketch monsters on the map because we find their presence comforting. They guard the edges of the abyss, and force us to look away; so we can live comfortably in the Known World, at least for a little while.

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