Artists would use pen names and scrawl them across subway cars, walls, shops, and office buildings.
I felt the power in my fingernails to brand the earth with my own scrawl.
Considering how little she had to read Wanda must have been very deliberate in reading Wayne's scrawl.
I do not know whether you can read the scrawl I have written, but I cannot write any better.
I want your help; I can make neither heads nor tails of the scrawl, though I sat up all night studying it.
At present, a scrawl from his pencil brings an enormous price.
He scowled a minute over Picton's scrawl, laid it down and gratified his curiosity by picking up the medal.
"Bring a light," he said, and struck a match to read the scrawl which Poltavo had written.
Where is that scrawl you received this evening from the woman whom you encountered with my daughter in the park?
That's Joe's own scrawl, and there ain't a worse from this to himself.
1610s, "write or draw untidily," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Middle English scrawlen "spread out the limbs, sprawl" (early 15c.), which possibly is an alteration of sprawlen (see sprawl (v.)) or crawl (v.). Related: Scrawled; scrawling. The noun is recorded from 1690s, from the verb. Meaning "bad handwriting" is from 1710.