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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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Examples from the Web for drawling
Historical Examples
  • A drawling voice from the War Office broke in upon his musings.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • "We're all right also," said his lordship in his drawling voice.

  • "But she played her part with feelin' and power," was the drawling reply.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White
  • "Love makes a good reader of a man," he said slowly, drawling his words.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Suddenly to his amazement he heard the drawling growl of Dan Boundary.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • "O-o-o," a drawling cry came from the distance and ended like a wail.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • Mary stared at him, amazed at his cool, drawling, matter-of-fact tone.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton

    Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • He had a knack of drawling out his climaxes with humorous effect.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • "I reckon I could if there was any need of it," was the drawling reply.

    Canoe Boys and Campfires William Murray Graydon
  • “Your Uncle Lafe said you could marry me,” said Maudlin in slow, drawling tones.

    Rose O'Paradise Grace Miller White
British Dictionary definitions for drawling


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 drawling



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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