Definition of “sketch” - English Dictionary

“sketch” in British English

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sketchnoun [ C ]

uk /sketʃ/ us /sketʃ/

sketch noun [ C ] (SIMPLE SHAPE/FORM)

C1 a simple, quickly-made drawing that does not have many details:

My mother made a (pencil) sketch of my brother reading a book.

C2 a short written or spoken story that does not have many details

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sketch noun [ C ] (HUMOROUS PERFORMANCE)

C1 a short, humorous part of a longer show on stage, television, or radio:

I thought the sketch about celebrity chefs was really funny.

sketchverb [ I or T ]

uk /sketʃ/ us /sketʃ/

to make a sketch of something:

The art students were told to sketch the landscape.
When I have some spare time, I like to sketch.
The artist has sketched out a design for the new school.

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(Definition of “sketch” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“sketch” in American English

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sketchnoun [ C ]

us /sketʃ/

sketch noun [ C ] (DRAWING)

a simple, quickly made drawing:

a pen and ink sketch

sketch noun [ C ] (HUMOROUS PERFORMANCE)

a short, humorous part of a stage, television, or radio show:

She helped write a sketch for a comedy show.

sketch noun [ C ] (DESCRIPTION)

a short description that does not give many details:

a biographical sketch

sketchverb [ I/T ]

/sketʃ/

to quickly make a simple drawing:

[ I ] I like to sketch.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “sketch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)