Definition of "scrawl" [scrawl]

  • To write hastily or illegibly. (verb-transitive)
  • To write in a sprawling, irregular manner. (verb-intransitive)
  • Irregular, often illegible handwriting. (noun)
  • Something, such as a note, written hastily or illegibly. (noun)

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Use "scrawl" in a sentence
  • "For anyone who has been unlucky enough to befall the horrors of my handwriting, firstly I say I’m sorry – but secondly – if I did that, I would have no idea what I have just written – much less the scrawl from a day ago. thank goodness for spellchecker as my typing is just as bad – but at least the letters are uniformly shaped."
  • "This series of paintings takes as its title a scrawl of graffiti on a rock-cut along the Trans Canada Highway near Sudbury."
  • "I recall the scrawl that ran just below the "McDonald's": "10,000 hamburgers served.""