scrawl

verb
\ ˈskrȯl \
scrawled; scrawling; scrawls

Definition of scrawl

transitive verb

: to write or draw awkwardly, hastily, or carelessly scrawled his name

intransitive verb

: to write awkwardly or carelessly

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Other Words from scrawl

scrawl noun
scrawler noun
scrawly \ ˈskrȯ-​lē \ adjective

Synonyms for scrawl

Synonyms

scratch, scribble, squiggle

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Examples of scrawl in a Sentence

She scrawled her signature on the receipt. scrawled a quick note, stuck it in their mailbox, and hurried off

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The Weeknd sported an off-white graphic hoodie by the brand along with scrawled-on jeans and a pair of colorful Pumas. Vogue, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Solidify Their Relationship By Wearing the Same Label," 4 Oct. 2018 Daily Catch is known for seafood, and the choices are scrawled on a chalkboard on the wall — mussels marinara, shrimp scampi, fried calamari. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local in the North End," 3 July 2018 Hobos scrawled the secret language with whatever writing implements were available—a lump of coal, chalk, a nail, or even a sharp-edged rock. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Hobo Hieroglyphs: Their Secret Symbols, Explained," 21 Nov. 2018 But the political graffiti scrawled across Dakar’s walls tell a different story. The Economist, "Senegal’s democracy is being tested by its president," 28 June 2018 Afterward, Brian scrawled the boy's name on his shoes. Chris Ballard, SI.com, "Same Warrior, New Battle: Brian Grant Won't Back Down From Parkinson's Disease," 2 May 2018 Reading town officials are investigating an incident last week at a middle school where someone scrawled a swastika above an anti-Semitic slur. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Anti-Semitic slur and swastika found at Reading middle school," 22 June 2018 This is a 560-horsepower machine—an Audi RS7—on Sonoma Raceway, a fast road course scrawled across the hills of Napa wine country in northern California. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Raced a Self-Driving Audi To Defend Humanity's Honor," 17 Nov. 2015 The letter came with a familiar — and chilling — return address scrawled in the envelope’s top left corner. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Jarrod Ramos’s name was on letter laying out “the objective of killing every person present” at Capital Gazette," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of scrawl

1612, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for scrawl

origin unknown

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Dictionary Entries near scrawl

scraunch

scraw

scrawk

scrawl

scrawliness

scrawm

scrawny

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The first known use of scrawl was in 1612

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More Definitions for scrawl

scrawl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scrawl

: to write or draw (something) very quickly or carelessly

scrawl

verb
\ ˈskrȯl \
scrawled; scrawling

Kids Definition of scrawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to write quickly and carelessly

scrawl

noun

Kids Definition of scrawl (Entry 2 of 2)

: something written carelessly or without skill His signature is just a scrawl.

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