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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Perhaps from crawl, influenced by scrawl 'to lie carelessly' (14-19 centuries)

scrawl

1 verb
     
scrawl1 [transitive]
to write in a careless and untidy way, so that your words are not easy to read [↪ scribble]:
He scrawled his name at the bottom.
WORD FOCUS: write WORD FOCUS: write
quickly: jot down, dash off

in a way that is difficult to read: scribble, scrawl

write information on an official form: fill in/fill out

write a word correctly: spell

start to write: put pen to paper


See also
write

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