- to write or draw in a sprawling, awkward manner: He scrawled his name hastily across the blackboard.
- to write awkwardly, carelessly, or illegibly.
- awkward, careless, or illegible handwriting.
- something scrawled, as a letter or a note.
Origin of scrawl
Examples from the Web for scrawling
The coffee chain is encouraging Beltway insiders to cut a fiscal-cliff deal by scrawling the phrase “come together” on cups.Starbucks’ Effort to Solve the Fiscal Cliff Probably Won’t Work
December 26, 2012
Kelly hanged herself in her bedroom Nov. 8, scrawling the date of the alleged sexual contact, Sept. 26, on her wall.A Shocking Teen Suicide
Mary M. Chapman
November 13, 2010
For Szabo, 32, already a mother to three young boys, scrawling the message marked a breaking point.The C-Section Backlash
October 17, 2009
The same kind of scrawling occurs often in the shade of Raffaelle.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Arranging them carefully, he scanned the scrawling writing on them.The Twins of Suffering Creek
No scrawling or scratching, or cross-hatching, or 'free' work of any sort.Ariadne Florentina
Yet now I have a hidden book, like the rest of the world, and I am scrawling in it to-day.The Return Of The Soul
Robert S. Hichens
Some are scrawling and some are cramped; some are infantine and some foreign.Seeing and Hearing
George W. E. Russell
- to write or draw (signs, words, etc) carelessly or hastily; scribble
- careless or scribbled writing, drawing, or marks
Word Origin and History for scrawling
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.