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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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  • "Reckon you're the meanest cuss in these woods," drawled Jim.

  • “I thought it was the unexpected that happens,” Hungerford drawled, languidly.

    In Her Own Right John Reed Scott
  • “Ya-as, Cappin,” drawled out the lieutenant, with a coolness strongly in contrast with his excited manner on entering the glade.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • “You sure know how to shoot a surprise into a fellow, old-timer,” he drawled.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • "In that case the experience may not seem so unpleasant to-morrow," drawled Silence.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • “Claude has spoken a good deal about you, Mr. Conlan,” he drawled.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • "Ya-as," drawled Deppy, with a look which was meant to convey the impression that he did not know who the deuce he was addressing.

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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