[ drawl ]
/ drɔl /

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 forms

drawl·er, noundrawl·ing·ly, adverbdrawl·ing·ness, noundrawl·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for drawler

  • "He's hanging around that flossy Mrs. Scoville a good bit these days," observed the drawler.

    The Alternative|George Barr McCutcheon
  • The butt must therefore be neither silent, nor slack, nor a drawler.

    Rowing|Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  • "She's very expensive," murmured the drawler, who also would have enjoyed an acquaintanceship.

    The Alternative|George Barr McCutcheon

British Dictionary definitions for drawler


/ (drɔːl) /


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


the way of speech of someone who drawls

Derived Forms

drawler, noundrawling, adjectivedrawly, adjective

Word Origin for drawl

C16: probably frequentative of draw
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