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[drawl] /drɔl/
verb (used with or without object)
to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.
an act or utterance of a person who drawls.
Origin of drawl
1590-1600; < Dutch or Low German dralen to linger
Related forms
drawler, noun
drawlingly, adverb
drawlingness, noun
drawly, adjective Unabridged
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  • Grant laid a finger upon his arm and drawled his solution of a trivial mystery.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • "Oh—if you're really going," she drawled, and followed him outside.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • "Yer right, Jim," drawled Joseph Zachariah, lounging in the doorway.

  • "If he'll trail around with us for a while we may show him some of it here," he drawled.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • "I trust you aren't thinking of making us any trouble, Tremont," drawled Braigh.

    Satellite System Horace Brown Fyfe
  • "I'm afraid I shouldn't be much good at the job," he drawled.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then, "Why, I'm fair to middlin' smart just at present," he drawled.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for drawled


to speak or utter (words) slowly, esp prolonging the vowel sounds
the way of speech of someone who drawls
Derived Forms
drawler, noun
drawling, adjective
drawly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably frequentative of draw
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Word Origin and History for drawled



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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