Meaning of “scrawl” in the English Dictionary

"scrawl" in British English

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scrawlverb [ 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.

scrawlnoun [ S ]

uk /skrɔːl/ us /skrɑːl/

untidy writing that is difficult to read:

I hope you can decipher my scrawl!

(Definition of “scrawl” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scrawl" in American English

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scrawlverb [ T ]

us /skrɔl/

to write something in a fast, messy way:

Someone had scrawled graffiti on the side of our garage.
noun [ C ] us /skrɔl/

I had trouble reading the uneven scrawl of his signature.

(Definition of “scrawl” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)