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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to be spread out awkwardly.

  2. to sit or lie with limbs spread out.

  3. to spread out or be distributed irregularly.

  4. to crawl or scramble awkwardly.

  5. (v.t.)to stretch out (the limbs) as in sprawling.

  6. to spread out or distribute irregularly.

  7. (n.)an act or instance of sprawling.

Origin of sprawl:

bef. 1000; ME spraulen to move awkwardly, OE spreawlian, akin to Fris (N dial.) spraweli

sprawl′y(adj.)sprawl•i•er, sprawl•i•est.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. conurbation, urban sprawl, sprawl(noun)

    an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities

  2. sprawl, sprawling(verb)

    an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about

  3. sprawl(verb)

    sit or lie with one's limbs spread out

  4. sprawl, straggle(verb)

    go, come, or spread in a rambling or irregular way

    "Branches straggling out quite far"


  1. sprawl(Noun)

    An ungainly sprawling posture.

  2. sprawl(Noun)

    A straggling, haphazard growth, especially of housing on the edge of a city.

  3. sprawl(Verb)

    To sit with the limbs spread out.

  4. sprawl(Verb)

    To spread out in a disorderly fashion; to straggle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sprawl(verb)

    to spread and stretch the body or limbs carelessly in a horizontal position; to lie with the limbs stretched out ungracefully

  2. Sprawl(verb)

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

  3. Sprawl(verb)

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


  1. Sprawl

    A sprawl is a martial arts and wrestling term for a defensive technique that is done in response to certain takedown attempts, typically double or single leg takedown attempts. The sprawl is performed by scooting the legs backwards, so as to land on the upper back of the opponent attempting the takedown. The resultant position is also known as a sprawl or sprawling position. Ideally, the sprawling athlete should arch his back as much as possible and keep his knees off the mat. His options here including attempting to gain leverage on the lower back by hooking underneath the elbows; throwing in a headlock; and grabbing his opponent's ankles and trying to get behind his opponent. In mixed martial arts, sprawling is an important aspect of the sprawl-and-brawl tactic. Although the sprawl is favored among numerous wrestlers and mixed martial arts fighters, some practitioners prefer to use the technique called the 'down block'.

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an act of sprawling

He was lying in a careless sprawl on the sofa.

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