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.
- un·scrawled, adjective
- un·scrawl·ing, adjective
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How to use scrawl in a sentence
Red letters scrawled underneath seem to be Ramone thinking aloud: “I wonder but I think so.”‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings | Melissa Leon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Notes were scrawled on a large white board, and “The Internet Association” was written in chalk on a blackboard.
The messages that are scrawled in pen on benches are decidedly rated G.David Best Creates a Temple Made of Memories Outside San Francisco | Debra A. Klein | February 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the liner notes, hand-scrawled by Paul, song by song, are something special.The Return of the Replacements: Here Comes a Regular | Elizabeth Wurtzel | September 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I will never forget seeing the Wall for the first time and the “Free Palestine” graffiti scrawled on it, even on the Israeli side.
"Give me a word—the world aches without you," was all I scrawled, though I fully meant that she should come to me.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
Obscene words were scrawled on the walls, and even on the pulpit itself.Wayside Courtships | Hamlin Garland
"Nora" was scrawled in Kathie's handwriting on the outside of the note.We Ten | Lyda Farrington Kraus
A sentence scrawled below the figure seems to be—er—explanation.Two Men of Sandy Bar | Bret Harte
It was scrawled in the bold, ungrammared style which might have been expected.The Ghost Breaker | Charles Goddard
British Dictionary definitions for scrawl
to write or draw (signs, words, etc) carelessly or hastily; scribble
careless or scribbled writing, drawing, or marks
- scrawler, noun
- scrawly, adjective
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