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English definition of “scrawl”

scrawl

verb [T] uk   /skrɔːl/ us    /skrɑːl/
to write something quickly, without trying to make your writing tidy or easy to read: I scrawled a quick note to Judith and put it under her door. Someone had scrawled graffiti across the wall.Writing and typing

scrawl

noun [S] uk   /skrɔːl/ us    /skrɑːl/
untidy writing that is difficult to read: I hope you can decipher my scrawl!Writing and typing
(Definition of scrawl from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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