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Meaning of SPRAWL

Pronunciation:  sprol

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about
  2. [v]  sit or lie with one's limbs spread out
  3. [v]  go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way; "Branches straggling out quite far"
 

SPRAWL is a 6 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: sprawling, straggle
 
 See Also: attitude, distribute, lie, position, posture, sit, sit down, spread, spread-eagle

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sprawl\ (spr[add]l), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Sprawled}
(spr[add]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sprawling}.] [OE. spraulen;
cf. Sw. sprattla to sprawl, dial. Sw. spralla, Dan.
sp[ae]lle, spr[ae]lde, D. spartelen, spertelen, to flounder,
to struggle.]
1. To spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a
   horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched out
   ungracefully.



2. To spread irregularly, as vines, plants, or tress; to
   spread ungracefully, as chirography.

3. To move, when lying down, with awkward extension and
   motions of the limbs; to scramble in creeping.

         The birds were not fledged; but upon sprawling and
         struggling to get clear of the flame, down they
         tumbled.                              --L'Estrange.

 

 

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