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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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Examples from the Web for drawler

Historical Examples

  • The butt must therefore be neither silent, nor slack, nor a drawler.

    Rowing

    Rudolf Chambers Lehmann

  • "She's very expensive," murmured the drawler, who also would have enjoyed an acquaintanceship.

    The Alternative

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • "He's hanging around that flossy Mrs. Scoville a good bit these days," observed the drawler.

    The Alternative

    George Barr McCutcheon


British Dictionary definitions for drawler

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 drawler

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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