\ ˈskrȯl How to pronounce scrawl (audio) \
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

Other Words from scrawl

scrawl noun
scrawler noun
scrawly \ ˈskrȯ-​lē How to pronounce scrawl (audio) \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft’s own OneNote is a beefy cross-platform app (available for Windows, Android and Apple devices) allowing users to scrawl, draw and organize notes easily. Kenny Wassus, WSJ, 21 May 2022 On top of that, the game includes a messaging system that allows other players to scrawl pieces of advice on the ground using a limited series of word and phrases, leading to both legitimately helpful guidance and blatant trolling. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2020 The action takes place in a glass box, upon which the actors use dry erase pens to scrawl the ever-changing iterations of the Lehman Bros. sign. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 10 Mar. 2022 Some remained on Madison Street to scrawl messages, and the communist hammer and sickle symbol in chalk in front of CPS headquarters. Alice Yin,, 14 Jan. 2022 Inside, the box is divided into three chambers with internal glass partitions on which the actors scrawl the names of the Civil War dead and the price of commodities. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Which words an artist will scrawl across the bridge remain unclear, but it will surely be decided by anyone with a message, a bucket of paint and the guts to dodge trains. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 1 Oct. 2021 Owens uses one of Smiley's homemade tools to scrawl his own style of glyphs, removing the green to reveal the gold beneath. Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Aug. 2021 Not some collectible model hand-autographed by a major-league star being paid tens of thousands of dollars to sit at a table and repeatedly scrawl his name. Bob Greene, WSJ, 12 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scrawl

1612, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for scrawl

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\ ˈskrȯl How to pronounce scrawl (audio) \
scrawled; scrawling

Kids Definition of scrawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to write quickly and carelessly



Kids Definition of scrawl (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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