\ 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 Preparing for the protest, Guston didn’t just scrawl a slogan on a white banner. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Anger at Donald Trump may turn great artists into political cartoonists. It’s happened before.," 4 Sep. 2020 The protesters also appeared to scrawl messages in chalk on Moore’s driveway, as seen in video footage. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Dozens of protesters visit LAPD chief's house, cover it with anti-police posters," 28 Aug. 2020 Similar language is employed by QAnon believers, who scrawl their accusations across social media. Anchorage Daily News, "How the Trump campaign came to court QAnon, the online conspiracy movement identified by the FBI as a violent threat," 2 Aug. 2020 The president and other officials took a moment to scrawl their signatures on the wall. Anchorage Daily News, "Few masks in crowd of young Trump supporters in Arizona, where COVID-19 is surging," 24 June 2020 Elsewhere, anti-police graffiti remains scrawled on the side of the Treasury Department and other buildings and statues across town. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Shrines, murals and the military: How DC has been transformed by protests, security," 11 June 2020 The home in front of them had boarded up windows and graffiti scrawled on its classic white exterior. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "From Graffiti and Boarded Up Windows, a Rare Streamline Moderne Home Emerges in Miami Beach," 28 May 2020 Visitors aren’t scrawling their names on duct tape at Tacky Jack’s. al, "Coronavirus could be worse for beach businesses than BP oil spill, hurricanes," 2 Apr. 2020 In an America of increasing racial and religious tension, an America where swastikas are scrawled on walls and gunmen have recently slaughtered people in churches and synagogues, the signs were disturbing and potentially offensive to her neighbors. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Anti-Semitic signs hang from a Va. front porch. They are tied to an awful murder.," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of scrawl was in 1612

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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scrawl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 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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