verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- scratching post,
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|Daniel Gross|December 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Kelly hanged herself in her bedroom Nov. 8, scrawling the date of the alleged sexual contact, Sept. 26, on her wall.
For Szabo, 32, already a mother to three young boys, scrawling the message marked a breaking point.
No scrawling or scratching, or cross-hatching, or 'free' work of any sort.Ariadne Florentina|John Ruskin
Jack took the paper; it was torn and dirty, and there was a lot of scrawling writing on it.The Second String|Nat Gould
They never tired of scrawling questions, of saying "poor little thing!"Hide and Seek|Wilkie Collins
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
I opened it, and recognized Assja's irregular and scrawling handwriting.The Galaxy|Various
Word Origin for scrawl
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.