follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

scrawl

[skrawl] /skrɔl/
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
late Middle English
1605-1615
1605-15; perhaps to be identified with late Middle English scraule to sprawl, crawl (blend of sprawl and crawl)
Related forms
unscrawled, adjective
unscrawling, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for un scrawling

scrawl

/skrɔːl/
verb
1.
to write or draw (signs, words, etc) carelessly or hastily; scribble
noun
2.
careless or scribbled writing, drawing, or marks
Derived Forms
scrawler, noun
scrawly, adjective
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a blend of sprawl and crawl1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for un scrawling
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for scrawl

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for un

2
4
Scrabble Words With Friends