from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Sprawling.

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  • adjective sprawling


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  • They certainly looked it, limbs casually asprawl, faces slack and glowing in the firelight.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • I saw Rowbotham pinned under a fallen horse only a few yards away; Cheeseman, his face a bloody mask, was stretched supine beside him, his limbs asprawl; Ilderim, with his left arm dangling, was half-up on one knee, clutching at my stirrup.


  • Wheeler himself was down on one knee, supporting the fat babu, who was wailing with a shattered leg; the frail civilian was lying asprawl, his cricket cap gone and his head just a squashed red mess.


  • Two of them jostle in the air and come down twisted and asprawl.


  • He even put an arm lightly about the small of her back before a sailor-and-girl pitched into them from behind, sorely treading his left big toe and knocking Magda asprawl with them.

    The Worst Years of Your Life

  • All of asprawl he was laying too amengst the poppies and, I can tell you something more than that, drear writer, profoundly as you may bedeave to it, he was oscasleep asleep.

    Finnegans Wake

  • I look at how women sit all asprawl and think, "grow up, sit up and put those knees together!"


  • And opposite to him his mutinous son was sitting asprawl in a chair, smoking a cheap cigarette with an exceptionally heavy scowl; a lively picture of youthful impiety.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • “I reckon the Cosmos is cracked,” said Usher, and fell asprawl in his round office chair.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • Thus the ground crew who had brought the ramp, and Tanni who had sped from her home, were treated to the sight of their man feebly asprawl in the grip of a leering, blue-furred ogre.

    Hokas Pokas


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  • What a great word.

    March 11, 2008