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v. scrawled, scrawl·ing, scrawls
To write hastily or sloppily.
To write something in a hasty or sloppy manner.
1. Sloppy, often illegible handwriting.
2. Something, such as a note, written hastily or sloppily.
[Perhaps from obsolete scrawl, to gesticulate, sprawl, from Middle English scrawlen, probably blend of sprawlen, to sprawl; see sprawl and craulen, to crawl; see crawl1.]
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