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 drawled

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

Examples from the Web for drawled

Contemporary Examples of drawled

  • Today, it is difficult to convey—much less comprehend—that slow, drawled, hazy small-town atmosphere of mid-century Washington.

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    The Washington I Once Knew

    Carl Bernstein

    January 20, 2009

  • And [then he] drawled: 'Boys, just spend it till you waste it.'

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    Washington Frenemies

    Ana Marie Cox

    December 4, 2008

  • CNBC host Donny Deutsch drawled, “Women want to be her and men want to mate with her.”

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    Piling on Palin, Hating on Hillary

    Caroline Heldman

    November 30, 2008

Historical Examples of drawled

  • Grant laid a finger upon his arm and drawled his solution of a trivial mystery.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • "Oh—if you're really going," she drawled, and followed him outside.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • "Yer right, Jim," drawled Joseph Zachariah, lounging in the doorway.

  • "If he'll trail around with us for a while we may show him some of it here," he drawled.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • "I trust you aren't thinking of making us any trouble, Tremont," drawled Braigh.

    Satellite System

    Horace Brown Fyfe

British Dictionary definitions for drawled



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 drawled



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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