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Origin of scrawl
Perhaps from obsolete scrawlto gesticulate, sprawlfrom Middle English scrawlenprobably blend ofsprawlento sprawlsprawlcraulento crawlcrawl1
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Possibly Middle English
Scrawl Sentence Examples
The familiar scrawl belonged to Mary.
I do not know whether you will care to read this scrawl.
Dean could not tell from the writing if it compared to the signature Jeffrey Byrne left on the many expense forms Dean had reviewedâ€”it was only a scrawl.
Please try to resist the temptation to scribble them in illegible scrawl.
Written in charming, childlike scrawl, the mousemat delightfully proclaims ' A very nice mousemat for horrible yukky work ' .