Scrawl Definition

skrôl
scrawled, scrawls
verb
scrawled, scrawls
To write, draw, or mark awkwardly, hastily, or carelessly; esp., to write with sprawling, poorly formed letters.
Webster's New World
To write something in a hasty or sloppy manner.
American Heritage

Obsolete form of crawl.

Wiktionary
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Wiktionary
noun
scrawls
Sprawling, often illegible handwriting.
Webster's New World
Something scrawled.
Webster's New World
Something, such as a note, written hastily or sloppily.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
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Other Word Forms of Scrawl

Noun

Singular:
scrawl
Plural:
scrawls

Origin of Scrawl

  • Perhaps from obsolete scrawl to gesticulate, sprawl from Middle English scrawlen probably blend of sprawlen to sprawl sprawl craulen to crawl crawl1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly Middle English

    From Wiktionary

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