from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To write hastily or illegibly.
- intransitive v. To write in a sprawling, irregular manner.
- n. Irregular, often illegible handwriting.
- n. Something, such as a note, written hastily or illegibly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An Irregular, possibly illegible handwriting.
- n. A hastily, or carelessly written note etc.
- v. To write something hastily or illegibly.
- v. To write in an irregular or illegible manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Unskillful or inelegant writing; that which is unskillfully or inelegantly written.
- intransitive v. See crawl.
- intransitive v. To write unskillfully and inelegantly.
- transitive v. To draw or mark awkwardly and irregularly; to write hastily and carelessly; to scratch; to scribble.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To creep; crawl; by extension, to swarm with crawling things.
- 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.
- To mark with irregular wandering or zigzag lines: as, eggs scrawled with black (natural marking).
- To write unskilfully and inelegantly.
- n. The young of the dog-crab.
- n. A trawl.
- n. A piece of unskilful or inelegant writing; also, a piece of hasty, bad writing.
- n. A ragged, broken branch of a tree; brushwood.
- n. In law, same as scroll-seal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. poor handwriting
- v. write carelessly
For anyone who has been unlucky enough to befall the horrors of my handwriting, firstly I say I’m sorry – but secondly – if I did that, I would have no idea what I have just written – much less the scrawl from a day ago. thank goodness for spellchecker as my typing is just as bad – but at least the letters are uniformly shaped.
This series of paintings takes as its title a scrawl of graffiti on a rock-cut along the Trans Canada Highway near Sudbury.
I recall the scrawl that ran just below the "McDonald's": "10,000 hamburgers served."
There was no other copy in existence except the original scrawl, which is now lying up stairs in an old trunk full of papers.
We passed through bustling Hispanic neighborhoods filled with colorful bodegas and the smells of hot frying food, and through quieter areas where the signs were in Asian scrawl.
Judging by my scrawl, which is worse than usual, I should say the anxiety had left its mark, but I am none the worse otherwise.
It displays a curious-looking scrawl which is the monogram of the first absolute king!
With thine own name scrawl'd through it, defacing a soul? "
She filled out a consent form and held the clipboard under his hand so Gene could scrawl his initials, which he was able to do unsteadily.
"Baby Not Yours" is a creepy thing to have the kid scrawl on the wall, and magically igniting a matchbook to burn the house down is messed up.