scrawl

[skrawl]
verb (used with object)
1.
to write or draw in a sprawling, awkward manner: He scrawled his name hastily across the blackboard.
verb (used without object)
2.
to write awkwardly, carelessly, or illegibly.
noun
3.
awkward, careless, or illegible handwriting.
4.
something scrawled, as a letter or a note.

Origin:
1605–15; perhaps to be identified with late Middle English scraule to sprawl, crawl (blend of sprawl and crawl)

unscrawled, adjective
unscrawling, adjective
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scrawl (skrɔːl)
 
vb
1.  to write or draw (signs, words, etc) carelessly or hastily; scribble
 
n
2.  careless or scribbled writing, drawing, or marks
 
[C17: perhaps a blend of sprawl and crawl1]
 
'scrawler
 
n
 
'scrawly
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

scrawl
1610s, perhaps from M.E. scrawlen "spread out the limbs, sprawl" (late 14c.), which possibly is an alteration of sprawlen (see sprawl) or crawl. The noun is recorded from 1693.
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Example sentences
Make notes of your notes in tiny scrawl so that they can fit on a single sheet of paper.
It means that nurses don't have to read the scrawl of doctors when they are trying to figure out what treatments to apply.
The handwriting varies from fine script to an almost unreadable scrawl.
There is not much of it, and the scrawl seems hasty.
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