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drawl

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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.
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noun
  1. an act or utterance of a person who drawls.
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Origin of drawl

1590–1600; < Dutch or Low German dralen to linger
Related formsdrawl·er, noundrawl·ing·ly, adverbdrawl·ing·ness, noundrawl·y, adjective
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  • He's harmless, with his drawl and his round pink face that shines with admiration.

  • You know his drawl, when his muscles give him the respectful hesitation.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The drawl of the light voice with its rising inflection was only gently plaintive.

  • His voice was a drawl, very deliberate, very quiet, rather soft and pleasant.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Mr. Winslow interrupted; his drawl was a trifle less evident.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for drawl

drawl

verb
  1. to speak or utter (words) slowly, esp prolonging the vowel sounds
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noun
  1. the way of speech of someone who drawls
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Derived Formsdrawler, noundrawling, adjectivedrawly, adjective

Word Origin

C16: probably frequentative of draw
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Word Origin and History for drawl

v.

1590s, perhaps from Middle Dutch dralen, East Frisian draulen "to linger, delay," apparently an intensive of the root of draw (v.). Or else a native formation along the same lines. Related: Drawled; drawling. As a noun from 1760.

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