drawl

[ drawl ]
/ drɔl /

verb (used with or without object)

to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.

noun

an act or utterance of a person who drawls.

Nearby words

  1. drawing room,
  2. drawing table,
  3. drawing-in,
  4. drawing-room comedy,
  5. drawknife,
  6. drawn,
  7. drawn butter,
  8. drawn work,
  9. drawn-out,
  10. drawplate

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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British Dictionary definitions for drawl

drawl

/ (drɔːl) /

verb

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

noun

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

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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