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



BrE BrE//skrɔːl//
; NAmE NAmE//skrɔːl//
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a careless untidy way of writing; something written in this way synonym scribble Her signature was an illegible scrawl. I can't be expected to read this scrawl! The paper was covered in scrawls. Word Originearly 17th cent.: apparently an alteration of the verb crawl, perhaps influenced by obsolete scrawl ‘sprawl’.
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