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 formsdrawl·er, noundrawl·ing·ly, adverbdrawl·ing·ness, noundrawl·y, adjective
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Related Words for drawl

extend, chant, intone, prolong, drone, utter, protract, nasalize

Examples from the Web for drawl

Contemporary Examples of drawl

Historical Examples of drawl

  • He's harmless, with his drawl and his round pink face that shines with admiration.

  • You know his drawl, when his muscles give him the respectful hesitation.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The drawl of the light voice with its rising inflection was only gently plaintive.

  • His voice was a drawl, very deliberate, very quiet, rather soft and pleasant.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Mr. Winslow interrupted; his drawl was a trifle less evident.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for drawl



to speak or utter (words) slowly, esp prolonging the vowel sounds


the way of speech of someone who drawls
Derived Formsdrawler, noundrawling, adjectivedrawly, adjective

Word Origin for drawl

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

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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