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
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 | THE 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.
And as to his being a twelvemonth a scrawling such another, I'll no more believe it than I'll fly.Camilla | Fanny Burney
Often she found him painfully scrawling huge letters upon any old piece of paper he happened to find.The Fourth Watch | H. A. Cody
Beethoven was in the habit of scrawling all kinds of memoranda on his shutters in leadpencil—accounts, musical themes, etc.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3) | Alexander Wheelock Thayer
He had been scrawling meaningless curlycues on a piece of paper as Ed Meyers talked.Roast Beef, Medium | Edna Ferber
And then the cheek of scrawling his silly name on a fellows door!On Your Mark! | Ralph Henry Barbour
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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