Scrawl
Scrawl Scrawl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Scrawled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scrawling}.] [Probably corrupted from scrabble.] To draw or mark awkwardly and irregularly; to write hastily and carelessly; to scratch; to scribble; as, to scrawl a letter. [1913 Webster]

His name, scrawled by himself. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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  • Scrawl — (skr[add]l), n. Unskillful or inelegant writing; that which is unskillfully or inelegantly written. [1913 Webster] The left hand will make such a scrawl, that it will not be legible. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] You bid me write no more than a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrawl — Scrawl, v. i. To write unskillfully and inelegantly. [1913 Webster] Though with a golden pen you scrawl. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrawl — scrawl·er; scrawl·i·ness; scrawl; …   English syllables

  • Scrawl — Scrawl, v. i. See {Crawl}. [Obs.] Latimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrawl — index script Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • scrawl — (v.) 1610s, perhaps from M.E. scrawlen spread out the limbs, sprawl (late 14c.), which possibly is an alteration of sprawlen (see SPRAWL (Cf. sprawl)) or CRAWL (Cf. crawl). Related: Scrawled; scrawling. The noun is recorded from 1690s …   Etymology dictionary

  • scrawl — [v] write erratically doodle, inscribe, scrabble, scratch, scribble, squiggle; concept 79 …   New thesaurus

  • scrawl — ► VERB ▪ write in a hurried, careless way. ► NOUN ▪ hurried, careless handwriting. ORIGIN apparently an alteration of CRAWL(Cf. ↑crawler) …   English terms dictionary

  • scrawl — [skrôl] vt., vi. [< ? SCRATCH + SPRAWL] to write, draw, or mark awkwardly, hastily, or carelessly; esp., to write with sprawling, poorly formed letters n. 1. sprawling, often illegible handwriting 2. something scrawled scrawler n. scrawly adj …   English World dictionary

  • scrawl — n. bad handwriting 1) to decipher a scrawl 2) an illegible scrawl (to write in an illegible scrawl) * * * [skrɔːl] [ bad handwriting ] to decipher a scrawl an illegible scrawl (to write in an illegible scrawl) …   Combinatory dictionary

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