/skrawl/, v.t.
1. to write or draw in a sprawling, awkward manner: He scrawled his name hastily across the blackboard.
2. to write awkwardly, carelessly, or illegibly.
3. awkward, careless, or illegible handwriting.
4. something scrawled, as a letter or a note.
[1605-15; perh. to be identified with late ME scraule to sprawl, crawl (b. SPRAWL and CRAWL)]

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