Definition of Sprawling

1. Noun. An ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about.

Exact synonyms: Sprawl
Generic synonyms: Attitude, Position, Posture
Derivative terms: Sprawl, Sprawly, Sprawl



2. Adjective. Spreading out in different directions. "Straggly hair"
Exact synonyms: Rambling, Straggling, Straggly
Similar to: Untidy
Derivative terms: Straggle

Definition of Sprawling

1. Verb. (present participle of sprawl) ¹

2. Adjective. That sprawls ¹

3. Adjective. Expansive; extensive ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sprawling

1. sprawl [v] - See also: sprawl

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sprawling

sprat
spratlike
spratmo
sprats
sprattle
sprattled
sprattles
sprattling
sprauncy
sprawl
sprawled
sprawler
sprawlers
sprawlier
sprawliest
sprawling (current term)
sprawlingly
sprawls
sprawly
spray
spray-can
spray-dried
spray-dry
spray can
spray cans
spray gun
spray paint
spray painting
sprayable
sprayboard

Literary usage of Sprawling

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (1883)
"He snatched them, he jerked them this way and that, he booted them around, he knocked them sprawling faster than they ' HE KNOCKED THEM sprawling. ..."

2. Renewing the United Nations System by Erskine Childers (1999)
"A commentary in some journal long ago must have declared that the UN is 'a vast, sprawling bureaucracy'. This phrase entered the language and is routinely ..."

3. The Works of Thomas Carlyle: (complete). by Thomas Carlyle (1897)
"CHAPTER V. LION sprawling ITS LAST. REPRESENTATIVE Carrier went to the Guillotine, in December last; protesting that he acted by orders. ..."

4. The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle (1867)
"... CHAPTER V. LION sprawling ITS LAST. REPRESENTATIVE Carrier went to the Guillotine, in December last; protesting that he acted by orders. ..."

5. The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle (1908)
"CHAPTER V LION sprawling ITS LAST REPRESENTATIVE Carrier went to the Guillotine, in December last; protesting that he acted by orders. ..."

6. The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle (1897)
"CHAPTER V. LION sprawling ITS LAST. REPRESENTATIVE Carrier went to the Guillotine, in December last; protesting that he acted by orders. ..."

7. The French Revolution: A History by Thomas Carlyle, Hilaire Belloc (1909)
"CHAPTER V LION sprawling ITS LAST REPRESENTATIVE Carrier went to the Guillotine, in December last; protesting that he acted by orders. ..."

8. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1835)
"... whore several ducks were quietly dozing upon its surface, and some sprawling old terrapins were floating down the stream, enjoying an evening sail. ..."

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