adjective, scrawl·i·er, scrawl·i·est.

written or drawn awkwardly or carelessly.

Origin of scrawly

First recorded in 1825–35; scrawl + -y1
Related formsscrawl·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scrawly

Historical Examples of scrawly

  • Perhaps you remember my scrawly writing, with long tails to the letters?

    A Houseful of Girls

    Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey

  • It was a dirty, scrawly note, but full of hope to the two who read it.

    Little Jeanne of France

    Madeline Brandeis

  • Penmanship does not tend to improve, and some of the scrawly MSS.

  • You better hold up there, Scrawly, if you don't want to try the depth of that gutter.

  • Anyone glancing through the scrawly and badly spelled lines could not fail but discover the depths of the conspiracy.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton