adjective, sprawl·i·er, sprawl·i·est.

tending to sprawl; straggly: The colt's legs were long and sprawly.

Origin of sprawly

First recorded in 1790–1800; sprawl + -y1
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Examples from the Web for sprawly

Historical Examples of sprawly

  • The carpet was very ugly, large and sprawly in pattern, and so was the hearth-rug.

    The Carved Lions

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • Patty dashed through eight pages of sprawly penmanship, and as soon as she finished she read it all over again.

  • He took it, looked at the handwriting, which was thick and sprawly and not familiar to him, and laid it beside his plate.

  • They are the sprawly kind that lie on their stomachs and kick their heels, and get under your feet and on your back.

    Mary Cary

    Kate Langley Bosher

  • The children searched the sky for some time, and Betty finally said, “Sort of a sprawly bunch of six or eight rather faint stars.”

    The Star People

    Gaylord Johnson