Definition of scrawl verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scrawl

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//skrɔːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɔːl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scrawl
BrE BrE//skrɔːl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɔːl//
 
he / she / it scrawls
BrE BrE//skrɔːlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɔːlz//
 
past simple scrawled
BrE BrE//skrɔːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɔːld//
 
past participle scrawled
BrE BrE//skrɔːld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skrɔːld//
 
-ing form scrawling
BrE BrE//ˈskrɔːlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskrɔːlɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] to write something in a careless untidy way, making it difficult to read synonym scribble scrawl something (across/in/on/over something) I tried to read his directions, scrawled on a piece of paper. scrawl across/in/on/over something Someone had scrawled all over my notes. Word Origin early 17th cent.: apparently an alteration of the verb crawl, perhaps influenced by obsolete scrawl ‘sprawl’.Extra examples She had scrawled the directions on a piece of paper. The official scrawled his signature at the bottom of the form. There was a message scrawled on the board.
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