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v. sprawled, sprawl·ing, sprawls
1. To sit or lie with the body and limbs spread out awkwardly.
2. To spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion: untidy tenements sprawling toward the river.
To cause to spread out in a straggling or disordered fashion.
1. A sprawling position or posture.
2. A usually disorderly or haphazard mass, array, or extension: a sprawl of outbuildings; urban sprawl.

[Middle English sprawlen, from Old English sprēawlian, to writhe; see sper- in Indo-European roots.]

sprawl′er n.


sitting or lying in an ungainly manner with one's limbs spread out


[ˈsprɔːld] adj [person] → vautré(e)
References in classic literature ?
But in order to reach the tree he must pass the full length of the enclosure, and at the very bole of the tree itself two lions lay sprawled out in slumber.
The man who had sprawled upon the ground started up and said, "Gosh
In the end, one day, fear and obedience were swept away by the rush of life, and the cub straddled and sprawled toward the entrance.