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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Unique flavors, like Lemon Marshmallow, Rose Cardamom Pistachio and Matcha Candied Kumquat, are scrawled on the blackboard, and the menu changes frequently depending on what’s fresh. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "7 new OMG-good extreme ice cream shops in the Bay Area," 1 July 2019 Red liquid was doused on the statue, and the phrase was scrawled on a plaque with the names of more than 500 Tennessee Confederate soldiers. USA TODAY, "Mural for missing women, ‘Jedi’ cremations, MRI party: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2019 Damage included a stop sign and pole bent and broken off its base, graffiti scrawled on the baseball dugout and a park district rules sign discovered laying on the baseball field. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Southland crime: Oak Forest man accused of stealing vehicle from car wash in Tinley Park, more," 10 June 2019 Has any recipient of that email not seen worse words scrawled on a wall? Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "The case against pussy-footing to avoid theatrical outrageousness," 11 June 2019 On the other side, customers scrawl their own question or quote onto a giant ream of construction paper. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "6 best new, eclectic Bay Area coffee houses," 8 June 2019 Miller is accused of murdering the 8-year-old and taunting police for years after the slaying by scrawling messages on a barn door and leaving notes throughout the Fort Wayne area. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Indiana man arrested in 1988 rape, murder of 8-year-old girl after DNA match found on used condoms, cops say," 16 July 2018 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

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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 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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