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scrawl Line breaks: scrawl
Pronunciation: /skrɔːl/

Definition of scrawl in English:


[with object]
Write (something) in a hurried, careless way: Charlie scrawled his signature [no object]: he was scrawling on the back of a used envelope
More example sentences
  • Saxton wrote first, scrawling the words down quickly and handing the paper to Airen.
  • When he saw something of note, he scrawled it on a folded up piece of yellow legal paper he kept in his coat pocket.
  • You wouldn't use the Big Chief tablet and a pencil to scrawl paper letters to your customers: take the same care with your e-mail.
scribble, write hurriedly, write untidily, write illegibly, scratch, doodle, dash off, jot (down)


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An example of hurried, careless writing: the page was covered in scrawls and doodles [mass noun]: reams and reams of handwritten scrawl
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  • He shows me his notes so far: an A4 sheet covered in tiny handwritten scrawls and crossings out.
  • It was covered in scrawl and writing in all directions for all his different subjects.
  • A familiar scrawl of handwriting covered the paper and on the cover side was a picture of Chicago, with its skyscrapers and hazy grey skies.
scribble, hurried handwriting, untidy handwriting, illegible handwriting, squiggle(s)
archaic cacography


Pronunciation: /ˈskrɔːli/
Example sentences
  • Brian had written, in large scrawly text on the back of his Army surplus coat, the word ‘Foetus.’
  • All I remember is that it is Red Level C which I wrote down on a piece of paper in some scrawly, unrecognizable handwriting.
  • He narrowed his eyes at me, and examined my scrawly sketches with a certain unease.


Early 17th century: apparently an alteration of the verb crawl, perhaps influenced by obsolete scrawl 'sprawl'.

Words that rhyme with scrawl

all, appal (US appall), awl, Bacall, ball, bawl, befall, Bengal, brawl, call, caul, crawl, Donegal, drawl, drywall, enthral (US enthrall), fall, forestall, gall, Galle, Gaul, hall, haul, maul, miaul, miscall, Montreal, Naipaul, Nepal, orle, pall, Paul, pawl, Saul, schorl, seawall, Senegal, shawl, small, sprawl, squall, stall, stonewall, tall, thrall, trawl, wall, waul, wherewithal, withal, yawl
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