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scrawl

[ skrawl ]
/ skrɔl /
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verb (used with object)
to write or draw in a sprawling, awkward manner: He scrawled his name hastily across the blackboard.
verb (used without object)
to write awkwardly, carelessly, or illegibly.
noun
awkward, careless, or illegible handwriting.
something scrawled, as a letter or a note.
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Origin of scrawl

1605–15; perhaps to be identified with late Middle English scraule to sprawl, crawl (blend of sprawl and crawl1)

OTHER WORDS FROM scrawl

un·scrawled, adjectiveun·scrawl·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scrawl

scrawl
/ (skrɔːl) /

verb
to write or draw (signs, words, etc) carelessly or hastily; scribble
noun
careless or scribbled writing, drawing, or marks

Derived forms of scrawl

scrawler, nounscrawly, adjective

Word Origin for scrawl

C17: perhaps a blend of sprawl and crawl 1
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