(Scratch"back`) n. A toy which imitates the sound of tearing cloth, used by drawing it
across the back of unsuspecting persons. [Eng.]
(Scratch"brush`) n. A stiff wire brush for cleaning iron castings and other metal.
(Scratch" coat`) The first coat in plastering; called also scratchwork. See Pricking-up.
(Scratch"er) n. One who, or that which, scratches; specifically (Zoöl.), any rasorial bird.
(Scratch"ing), adv. With the action of scratching.
(Scratch"weed`) n. (Bot.) Cleavers.
(Scratch"work`) n. See Scratch coat.
(Scratch"y) a. Characterized by scratches.
(Scraw) n. [Ir. scrath a turf, sgraith a turf, green sod; akin to Gael. sgrath, sgroth, the outer
skin of anything, a turf, a green sod.] A turf. [Obs.] Swift.
(Scrawl) v. i. See Crawl. [Obs.] Latimer.
(Scrawl), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scrawled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Scrawling.] [Probably corrupted from
scrabble.] To draw or mark awkwardly and irregularly; to write hastily and carelessly; to scratch; to scribble; as,
to scrawl a letter.
His name, scrawled by himself.Macaulay.
(Scrawl), v. i. To write unskillfully and inelegantly.
Though with a golden pen you scrawl.Swift.
(Scrawl) n. Unskillful or inelegant writing; that which is unskillfully or inelegantly written.
The left hand will make such a scrawl, that it will not be legible.Arbuthnot.
You bid me write no more than a scrawl to you.Gray.
(Scrawl"er) n. One who scrawls; a hasty, awkward writer.