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[spraw-lee] /ˈsprɔ li/
adjective, sprawlier, sprawliest.
tending to sprawl; straggly:
The colt's legs were long and sprawly.
Origin of sprawly
First recorded in 1790-1800; sprawl + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The carpet was very ugly, large and sprawly in pattern, and so was the hearth-rug.

    The Carved Lions Mrs. Molesworth
  • Patty dashed through eight pages of sprawly penmanship, and as soon as she finished she read it all over again.

    Patty's Social Season

    Carolyn Wells
  • He took it, looked at the handwriting, which was thick and sprawly and not familiar to him, and laid it beside his plate.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series

    Mrs. Henry Wood
  • They are the sprawly kind that lie on their stomachs and kick their heels, and get under your feet and on your back.

    Mary Cary Kate Langley Bosher
  • The children searched the sky for some time, and Betty finally said, “Sort of a sprawly bunch of six or eight rather faint stars.”

    The Star People Gaylord Johnson
  • It is in a small, cramped hand, and you know the one purporting to be from him later was in a big, sprawly hand.

    The Come Back Carolyn Wells
  • Ordinary sort of writing, rather unformed and sprawly, but after a trial run Micky managed a very presentable copy of it.

    The Phantom Lover Ruby M. Ayres
  • The ants led him to a tiny hole with a finely pulverized rim just at the edge of a sprawly cactus.

    Cow-Country B. M. Bower

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