- 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 scrawled
Notes were scrawled on a large white board, and “The Internet Association” was written in chalk on a blackboard.Inside Uber’s Political War Machine
June 30, 2014
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
He opens a letter from his daughter, scrawled in uneven crayon: “Dear Daddy, can I come see you soon?”Nine Craziest Moments From ‘Jobs’
August 16, 2013
The words have been scrawled into the concrete footing of a makeshift dwelling in the mountains of New Mexico.This Week’s Hot Reads, July 15, 2013
Sarah Stodola, Jen Vafidis, Damaris Colhoun
July 15, 2013
On the cover page was inscribed a big red "C." Inside were scrawled a professor's critical comments.My Eulogy for My Father, Murray Frum
May 31, 2013
With it was a scrawled line, "I'm leaving the head and heels of the future to you."Her Father's Daughter
And I saw that the address, scrawled in pencil, was in Anthony's handwriting.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He then unfolded a second paper, on which some verses to Sarah Bernhardt were scrawled.My Double Life
These words were scrawled in pencil on the inside: 'I don't want it indeed.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Often she had scanned Lucia's scrawled programs for the names there.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
- to write or draw (signs, words, etc) carelessly or hastily; scribble
- careless or scribbled writing, drawing, or marks
Word Origin and History for scrawled
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.