- Sprawl is defined as the spread of real estate development into a more country area on the edge of a city.
An example of sprawl is when farmland starts being turned into mini-malls.
- The definition of sprawl is to spread out in an undignified or ungraceful manner.
An example of sprawl is when you flop on the couch with your legs and arms flung every which way.
- to spread the limbs in a relaxed, awkward, or unnatural position
- to sit or lie in such a position: to sprawl in a chair
- to crawl in an awkward, ungainly way
- to spread out in an awkward or uneven way, esp. so as to take up more space than is necessary, as handwriting, a line of men, etc.
Origin of sprawlMiddle English spraulen ; from Old English spreawlian, to move convulsively: see sprout
- a sprawling movement or position
- the unchecked, uncoordinated spread of real-estate development into areas on the outskirts of a city, regarded as undesirable
- the buildings and infrastructure resulting from this
verbsprawled, sprawl·ing, sprawls
- To sit or lie with the body and limbs spread out awkwardly.
- To spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion: untidy tenements sprawling toward the river.
- A sprawling position or posture.
- A usually disorderly or haphazard mass, array, or extension: a sprawl of outbuildings; urban sprawl.
Origin of sprawlMiddle English sprawlen, from Old English spr&emacron;awlian, to writhe; see sper- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present sprawls, present participle sprawling, simple past and past participle sprawled)
From Middle English spraulen, from Old English spreawlian. Compare North Frisian spraweli.