spraddle

verb

sprad·​dle ˈspra-dᵊl How to pronounce spraddle (audio)
spraddled; spraddling ˈsprad-liŋ How to pronounce spraddle (audio)
ˈspra-dᵊl-iŋ

intransitive verb

1
: sprawl
2
: to go or walk with a straddling gait : straddle

transitive verb

1
: sprawl
2
: to spread (the legs) wide apart
a duck with spraddled legs

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Word History

Etymology

perhaps blend of straddle and sprawl

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spraddle was in 1632

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Cite this Entry

“Spraddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spraddle. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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