verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of sprawl
Examples from the Web for sprawling
A shot rang out as Brinsley took his own life, sprawling with the gun at his side.
He presides over a sprawling media and sports empire that spans from the Lakers to The Chronicles of Narnia.The Right-Wing Billionaire Who Bowed to North Korea over ‘The Interview’|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, AIG was a huge, sprawling company, with lots of assets and decent insurance businesses, especially in Asia.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough|Daniel Gross|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Inherent Vice brings you a sprawling, unobstructed narrative, and then asks you to savor as much as you can.There Will Be Spliffs: ‘Inherent Vice’ Is a Bizarro Stoner Noir|Alex Suskind|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or have you delved into the sprawling waters of spin-offs, like Dating Naked, maybe?'SNL' Star Kate McKinnon's Big, 'Awesome,' Emmy-Nominated Year|Kevin Fallon|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those inert, sprawling things that looked like weeds appeared to interest it.Kings in Exile|Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
The lazy giant was sprawling on the most comfortable of the sofas; the pair were alone in the dainty little drawing-room.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
He looked as if he would have preferred to jerk the chair from beneath the sprawling Lysander, and break it over him.Cudjo's Cave|J. T. Trowbridge
This they brought to the opening, tripping and sprawling over it in the eagerness and anxiety they displayed.The Brownies and Prince Florimel|Palmer Cox
Here a man crawled into a passage to nurse a broken head; there a knot gathered to kick a sprawling foe.A Child of the Jago|Arthur Morrison
- the urban area formed by the expansion of a town or city into surrounding countrysidethe urban sprawl
- the process by which this has happened
Word Origin for sprawl
Old English spreawlian "move convulsively," with cognates in the Scandinavian languages and North Frisian spraweli, probably ultimately from PIE root *sper- "to strew" (see sprout (v.)). Meaning "to spread or stretch in a careless manner" is attested from 1540s; of things, from 1745. Related: Sprawled; sprawling.
1719, from sprawl (v.); meaning "straggling expansion of built-up districts into surrounding countryside" is from 1955.