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

     

    sprawl

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//sprɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sprɔːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sprawl
    BrE BrE//sprɔːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sprɔːl//
     
    he / she / it sprawls
    BrE BrE//sprɔːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sprɔːlz//
     
    past simple sprawled
    BrE BrE//sprɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sprɔːld//
     
    past participle sprawled
    BrE BrE//sprɔːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sprɔːld//
     
    -ing form sprawling
    BrE BrE//ˈsprɔːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsprɔːlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to sit or lie with your arms and legs spread out in a relaxed or awkward way He was sprawling in an armchair in front of the TV. Something hit her and sent her sprawling to the ground. I tripped and went sprawling.
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to spread in an untidy way; to cover a large area The town sprawled along the side of the lake.
  3. Word Origin Old English spreawlian ‘move the limbs convulsively’; related to Danish sprælle ‘kick or splash about’. The noun dates from the early 18th cent.Extra examples She found him sprawled across the doorstep. She lay sprawled across the bed. She sprawled lazily in an armchair. She went sprawling across the boat. The blow sent him sprawling. I tripped and went sprawling.
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