The butt must therefore be neither silent, nor slack, nor a drawler.
"She's very expensive," murmured the drawler, who also would have enjoyed an acquaintanceship.
"He's hanging around that flossy Mrs. Scoville a good bit these days," observed the drawler.
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.