\ 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

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 The phrase, hastily scrawled in pencil across a neat manuscript, tells an intriguing story. The Economist, "Poets and dreamers Lady Gregory, unsung hero of the Irish Literary Revival," 10 Mar. 2020 On a statute behind her, a student scrawled quickly in spray paint, No more ESMAD! Alice Driver, Longreads, "My Spoon, Your Bullet," 18 Dec. 2019 Even a pair of midcentury John Salibello chairs are sneakily hard-wearing, as evidenced when Vorhoff found a son’s name scrawled on one in blue ink. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How One Designer Made a Buttoned-Up Brownstone Feel Fresh," 10 Mar. 2020 BlackRock’s recent decision wasn’t enough for protestors from Extinction Rebellion and Youth for Climate France, who descended on the firm’s Paris offices on February 10, scrawling graffiti and spraying a red anarchist symbol on the floor. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "Green Investing, Like the Earth, Is So Hot Right Now," 20 Feb. 2020 Guests encircled the table, looking for their names, which were scrawled on paper fortune tellers that conjured memories of middle school for many. Vogue, "Inside the Star-Studded Miami Dinner Hosted by Vogue and Samsung," 18 Dec. 2019 Graffiti, courtesy of previous diners, is scrawled at the corner of a white wall, sure to bloom into a larger display of thanks for the food being served. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Juicy burgers? Check. Mouthwatering hot dogs? Check. This spot in Shelby Park has it all," 22 Jan. 2020 In another picture, Jolie's signature is scrawled in black marker at the bottom of her inked double. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Meets the West End Performer Who Has a Tattoo of Her Face," 10 Dec. 2019 Teenagers have scrawled the message in their notebooks and carved it into at least one pumpkin., "In a viral audio clip on TikTok, a white-haired man in a baseball cap and polo shirt declares, “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.”," 31 Oct. 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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6 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scrawl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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How to pronounce scrawl (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scrawl

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


\ 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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