• WordNet 3.6
    • v scrawl write carelessly
    • n scrawl poor handwriting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Scrawl See Crawl.
    • v. t Scrawl To draw or mark awkwardly and irregularly; to write hastily and carelessly; to scratch; to scribble; as, to scrawl a letter. "His name, scrawled by himself."
    • v. i Scrawl To write unskillfully and inelegantly. "Though with a golden pen you scrawl ."
    • n Scrawl Unskillful or inelegant writing; that which is unskillfully or inelegantly written. "The left hand will make such a scrawl , that it will not be legible.""You bid me write no more than a scrawl to you."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scrawl To creep; crawl; by extension, to swarm with crawling things.
    • n scrawl The young of the dog-crab.
    • n scrawl A trawl.
    • scrawl To draw or mark awkwardly and irregularly with a pen, pencil, or other marking implement; write awkwardly, hastily, or carelessly; scribble: as, to scrawl a letter; also, to make irregular lines or bad writing on: as, to scrawl a piece of paper.
    • scrawl To mark with irregular wandering or zigzag lines: as, eggs scrawled with black (natural marking).
    • scrawl To write unskilfully and inelegantly.
    • n scrawl A piece of unskilful or inelegant writing; also, a piece of hasty, bad writing.
    • n scrawl A ragged, broken branch of a tree; brushwood.
    • n scrawl In law, same as scroll-seal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scrawl skrawl (U.S.) brushwood.
    • v.t., v.i Scrawl skrawl to scrape, mark, or write irregularly or hastily
    • n Scrawl irregular or hasty writing: bad writing: a broken branch of a tree: the young of the dog-crab
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Probably corrupted from scrabble,


In literature:

Excuse my scrawl on account of the pen and the frosty morning at daybreak.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 6 (of 6)" by Thomas Moore
In all this scrawling ant-heap of humanity, there are only a handful of human beings who ever really live.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
On opening the package she found a coral necklace and armlets, with clasps engraved, and a soiled, miserably-scrawled letter.
"Idle Hour Stories" by Eugenia Dunlap Potts
She disregarded this in a direct, inevitably complaining, laborious scrawl.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
In the middle of their official scrawl, they made me write in French my name, Christian name, and profession.
"Madame Chrysantheme" by Pierre Loti
My grandmother had put it there in a painful, scrawling hand.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
She had noted carelessly a few scrawled words in Patten's slovenly hand.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
They were candid, boyish scrawls, not love letters at all.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
He scrawls yer name on de slate.
"The Miracle Man" by Frank L. Packard
He later wondered how the scrawl he achieved now could ever be identified as by the same hand.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson

In poetry:

Sad issue, should that strife befall
Between thy mortal ship and thee!
It writes the melancholy scrawl
Of wreckage over sea.
"The Last Contention" by George Meredith
It may be all my love went wrong—
A scribe’s work writ awry and blurred,
Scrawled after the blind evensong—
Spoilt music with no perfect word.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Simply take what the scrawl is worth--
Knowing I love you as sun the sod
On the ripening side of the great round earth
That swings in the smile of God.
"A Scrawl" by James Whitcomb Riley
In towers and rooms and golden courts
The shadowy coral lifts her sprays;
The scrawl hath gorged her broken orts,
The shark doth haunt her hidden ways.
"Fragments" by John Masefield
Lo, even now the haunting, spectral scrawl!
Lo, even now the beat of hidden wings!
The ghosts of millions throng thy banquet-hall,
O guiltiest and last of all the kings!
"The Red Winds Come!" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
So when I got a foreign scrawl
That spider-webbed across the page,
Said I: "This is the worst of all;
No doubt a child of tender age
Has written it, so I'll be kind,
And send an answer to her mind.
"My Favourite Fan" by Robert W Service

In news:

Netanyahu's 'red line' was dangerous scrawl .
Netanyahu's 'red line' on Iran's nuclear program creates a dangerous scrawl .
Art goes public in Franklinton during Urban Scrawl .
Teen gets 30 days for courthouse scrawl .
If you've seen the television commercial that shows the owner's social security number scrawled along an 18-wheeler, you're likely familiar with LifeLock.
Its hastily scrawled contents suggested that Libyan officials were lying when they said a baby girl was wounded in a NATO attack.
The word "Love" scrawled across his shoulder blades.
Anti-Semitic graffiti has been found scrawled on a Jewish students' home on the Wheaton College campus.
At City's Checkpoints, a Scrawled Counterpoint to Reality.
Graffiti was scrawled across several landmarks Sunday in Boonsboro, according to a Boonsboro Police Department spokesman.
According to a new survey, it's probably been a long time — and our scrawls are suffering because of it.
A man in Russia has confessed to the 'Pussy Riot' murders and trying to mislead police by scrawling the name of the punk-rock band on a wall near the bodies.
Leona Lewis Scrawls Lyrics on Hand to Remember Songs.
HERSHEY – There were a lot of penalties scrawled on the scoresheet as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins took on the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center on Wednesday night.
Palestinians say extremist Jews have scrawled their home in a West Bank village with offensive graffiti in retaliation for an upcoming demolition of a wildcat Jewish outpost.