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[skraw-lee] /ˈskrɔ li/
adjective, scrawlier, scrawliest.
written or drawn awkwardly or carelessly.
Origin of scrawly
First recorded in 1825-35; scrawl + -y1
Related forms
scrawliness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A mist came up out of the past and blurred the scrawly letters until they swam before my eyes and faded out of sight.

    Neighbours Robert Stead
  • Perhaps you remember my scrawly writing, with long tails to the letters?

    A Houseful of Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • How she hated that large, scrawly writing for all the thoughts and fears it had given her these past months!

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • It was a dirty, scrawly note, but full of hope to the two who read it.

    Little Jeanne of France Madeline Brandeis
  • On the right was a rugged cliff full of limestone rocks and scrawly pine trees.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • Penmanship does not tend to improve, and some of the scrawly MSS.

  • You better hold up there, scrawly, if you don't want to try the depth of that gutter.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Anyone glancing through the scrawly and badly spelled lines could not fail but discover the depths of the conspiracy.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • Across one end was written in scrawly characters the inscription Govt.

    The Turner Twins Ralph Henry Barbour
  • This envelope was written in a scrawny, scrawly, gentleman's hand.

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