transitive verb, intransitive verb
Origin: < ? scratch + sprawl
- sprawling, often illegible handwriting
- something scrawled
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verb scrawled, scrawl·ing, scrawls verb, transitive
- Irregular, often illegible handwriting.
- Something, such as a note, written hastily or illegibly.
Origin: Perhaps from obsolete scrawl, to gesticulate, sprawl, from Middle English scrawlen, probably blend of sprawlen, to sprawl; see sprawl and craulen, to crawl; see crawl1.
- scrawlˈer noun
- scrawlˈy adjective