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

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


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