Translation of sprawl in Spanish:


Pronunciation /sprɔl//sprɔːl/

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (person) (sit down) sentarse de forma poco elegante
    (person) (sit down) sentarse todo despatarrado informal
    (person) (lie down) tumbarse de forma poco elegante
    (person) (lie down) tumbarse todo despatarrado informal
    (person) (fall down) caer de forma poco elegante
    (person) (fall down) caer todo despatarrado informal
    he was sprawling all over the sofa estaba tumbado en el sofá todo despatarrado informal
    • he sent him sprawling with one punch lo tumbó de un golpe
    • Nearby a drunkard, almost nose-to-nose with a pig, sprawls on the ground.
    • A second corpse already lay sprawled at the policeman's boots.
    • Morvern Callar begins with a young woman waking up to find her lover dead, sprawled on the kitchen floor.
    • Lenny sprawls on a couch, cigarette and scotch close to hand, while Rorem plays through some obscure songs by Paul Bowles.
    • But on the left the nattily dressed Manet, with hand on his chin and one leg folded under him, sprawls on a sofa.
    • The camera drops to the ground, and the cameraman sprawls out onto the ground, blown a few feet backwards.
    • I was standing in a forklift with Mark looking down over Mimi sprawled with her face in the snow.
    • Out on the desert white figures lay sprawled dead and dying.
    • The brothers sprawled in the annihilating heat under the trees.
    • To the reader comfortably sprawled before a good fire it may seem a little stagey, as if he was speaking for effect.
    • The story ends with both lying together sprawled on a bed, as ‘Figures, waiting to be arranged’.
    • As she told me this, Eddie sat across the room, sprawled at his father's desk, reading a few pages of my stuff.
    • It collapses beneath her weight and she sprawls lifelessly to the floor.
    • They sprawled together half on the pavement and half in the gutter.
    • Jade falls to her knees and sprawls out over the ground next to Mar.
    • Mel sprawls off the bed and onto the floor, staring up at me with an expression that says she's hurt, betrayed, and disappointed.
    • Carol sprawls out on the bed as Simon tears off his cast triumphantly and sketches her, again and again.
    • The wheel rolled out from under me and I went sprawling backwards.
  • 2

    to sprawl across/over sth extenderse por algo
    • her large handwriting sprawled across the page su letra de trazos grandes y desgarbados cubría la página


  • 1

    (of built-up area)
    expansión feminine
    • Urban sprawl is taxing the city's infrastructure; local authorities have identified some $3 billion in much-needed transportation improvements.
    • Urban sprawl and chaos create many planning problems.
    • Many architecture critics go beyond opinion about the aesthetics of individual buildings, including reporting on sprawl and urban development.
    • Urban sprawl has been a fact of life for Southern California growers and their cooperatives since the 1950s.
    • For example, as suburban sprawl encroaches on farmland, people have more contact with both stable flies and house flies, creating conflict with livestock producers.
    • This is not a radical idea, but only seems so in a country single-mindedly dedicated to replicating the economically convenient tropes of suburban sprawl.
    • Microsoft's ‘Spaces’ brings the concept of incipient suburban sprawl to the blogisphere.
    • Compacting urban functions makes the cities more vibrant and protects the outlying areas from sprawl.
    • Its characters were real, its snapshot of ridiculous suburban sprawl was very real, its depiction of family togetherness, though exaggerated for dramatic effect, was also very real.
    • Over the past few decades, rapid regional growth and a culture with a deeply imbued passion for suburban sprawl have taken their toll on downtown Phoenix.
    • They outlined the regional planning model known as the ‘Transect Concept,’ which sets a pattern for ‘smart growth’ without suburban sprawl.
    • Because most of the Intervale lies within the floodplain of the Winooski River, the land here is protected from the usual pressures of suburban sprawl.
    • In fact, for all of the debate about growth and sprawl, no one disputes the quality of the amenities that have been built into Highlands Ranch or how attractive those perks are for young families.
    • It is one of hundreds of historic sites threatened by suburban sprawl.
    • Yet it has familiar urban problems - overcrowding, pollution, rotting heritage, tottering transport, suburban sprawl.
    • The homogenous and sparse population was replaced by the restless diversity, sprawl and cacophony of one of the fastest growing places in America.
    • Then he condemned sprawl even as he designed bigger and bigger suburban shopping centers.
    • Albert Markovski is a poet and environmentalist fighting for greenspace against encroaching suburban sprawl.
    • This way local governments have replaced unplanned sprawl with ‘phased growth.’
    • These carefully tended spaces stand in marked contrast to much of the city, whose population has rapidly expanded over the past two decades and which is experiencing unchecked sprawl.
  • 2

    (of person)
    she lay on the bed in a sprawl estaba toda despatarrada en la cama informal
    • he fell in a sprawl cayó cuan largo era