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indrawn

[in-drawn] /ˈɪnˌdrɔn/
adjective
1.
reserved; introspective:
a quiet, indrawn man.
2.
made with the breath drawn in:
an indrawn sigh.
Origin of indrawn
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; in-1 + drawn
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  • He checked on a long, shuddering, indrawn breath that was horrible to hear.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • He paused midway in his phrase with indrawn breath, waiting for her reply.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • But Bianca's lips, parted, indrawn, seemed saying: 'You ask too much!

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • "I wish it were—I wish it were," she repeated, with an indrawn sigh.

    The Motor Pirate George Sidney Paternoster
  • "It is so strange," said Hanny, with a long, indrawn breath.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • A little, indrawn sigh of ecstasy from Patsy caused the tinker to turn about.

    Seven Miles to Arden

    Ruth Sawyer
  • During the voyage home, Dawn was too indrawn to converse much with her father.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • "Yes," she said, with an indrawn sigh, and she began to sob piteously.

  • "Oh-h," she whispered, but so low that he heard only a long, indrawn breath.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
  • He drew back from her with a long, indrawn breath, and reached for his hat.

    Told In The Hills Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for indrawn

indrawn

/ˌɪnˈdrɔːn/
adjective
1.
drawn or pulled in
2.
inward-looking or introspective
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Word Origin and History for indrawn
adj.

also in-drawn, 1751, from in (adv.) + past tense of draw (v.). Middle English had indrawing "action of drawing in" (late 14c.). The plain verb indraw is rare, late 19c., and might be a back-formation.

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