Antonyms for sketched

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Jaques is only sketched in with light strokes, but all his traits are peculiarly Hamlet's traits.

His thoughts turned to the American girl who had sketched with him in Brittany that Summer.

She made no objection to this; and, for some time, sketched away in silence.

Instead of doing so, he sketched her face with black and red ink.

I also sketched in black and white on grey paper two Netherland costumes.

It had been very minutely described and sketched for me by Donald and Duncan.

Briefly, I sketched the Chief's report, Fetter nodding every few words.

And briefly he sketched for her the springe he was setting with the help of Mr. Newlington.

I have sketched him as he sat to-day on a bit of Spiræa which I brought in for him.

I played my part in the comedy I had sketched out to perfection.


"rough drawing intended to serve as the basis for a finished picture," 1660s, from Dutch schets or Low German skizze, both apparently 17c. artists' borrowings from Italian schizzo "sketch, drawing," which is commonly said to be from Latin *schedius (OED compares schedia "raft," schedium "an extemporaneous poem"), from or related to Greek skhedios "temporary, extemporaneous, done or made off-hand," related to skhema "form, shape, appearance" (see scheme (n.)). But according to Barnhart Italian schizzo is a special use of schizzo "a splash, squirt," from schizzare "to splash or squirt," of uncertain origin.

Extended sense of "brief account" is from 1660s; meaning "short play or performance, usually comic" is from 1789. Sketch-book recorded from 1820. German Skizze, French esquisse, Spanish esquicio are likewise from Italian schizzo.


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