scrawl

verb
\ 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

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Other Words from scrawl

scrawl noun
scrawler noun
scrawly \ ˈskrȯ-​lē How to pronounce scrawly (audio) \ 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 New York Police Department was investigating swastikas scrawled on the walls of an aquatics and fitness center in Manhattan as a hate crime, a police official said Thursday. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York Police Probe Swastikas at Sports Facility," 7 Mar. 2019 Guys of all ages and body types have scrawled the name of their state across their stomachs and shared the photos of their creations online to poke fun at the Maroon 5 frontman. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Men Across the Country Are Trolling Adam Levine and His Infamous Tattoos," 10 Feb. 2019 The first lady donned a short trench coat with a startling message scrawled on the back for her unexpected trip to Texas to visit a migrant children's shelter. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Eddie Vedder's wife, more stars are responding to Melania Trump with their own jackets," 23 June 2018 But in Germany, calls to boycott Israel conjure up parallels to the nationwide boycott of Jewish businesses beginning in 1933, when Stars of David were scrawled on Jewish shop windows, said Prof. New York Times, "Unwelcome Sound on Germany’s Stages: Musicians Who Boycott Israel," 1 July 2018 The names weren’t haphazardly scrawled all over the ball, either. Andrew Dalton, The Seattle Times, "Baseball with signatures of 11 greats fetches $623,369," 13 Aug. 2018 One day in mid-July, Beltrán arrived at Minute Maid Park to find a curious message scrawled on the clubhouse’s whiteboard. Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 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

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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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More Definitions for scrawl

scrawl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scrawl

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

scrawl

verb
\ ˈskrȯl How to pronounce scrawl (audio) \
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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