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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.
  1. an act or utterance of a person who drawls.

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 drawls

Historical Examples

  • Of course I knew something must be wrong to make Drawls hurry like that.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • "But how slow you are, Drawls," his wife called, with an accent of wonder.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • "Drawls, I cannot help what everybody thinks of me," she said plaintively.

    The Thing from the Lake

    Eleanor M. Ingram

  • “Very aimiable of you I must say, my dears,” drawls out Mrs Rothwell.

    Nearly Lost but Dearly Won

    Theodore P. Wilson

  • Colonel Markham drawls so, and Mr. Pottinger speaks through his nose.

British Dictionary definitions for drawls


  1. to speak or utter (words) slowly, esp prolonging the vowel sounds
  1. the way of speech of someone who drawls
Derived Formsdrawler, noundrawling, adjectivedrawly, adjective

Word Origin

C16: probably frequentative of draw
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Word Origin and History for drawls



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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