Definition of scrawl in English:

scrawl

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Pronunciation: /skrɔːl
 
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verb

[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.
Synonyms
scribble, write hurriedly, write untidily, write illegibly, scratch, doodle, dash off, jot (down)

noun

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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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
scribble, hurried handwriting, untidy handwriting, illegible handwriting, squiggle(s)
archaic cacography

Origin

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

Derivatives

scrawly

adjective
More 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.

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