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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 drawling

slow, dull, droning, languid

Examples from the Web for drawling

Historical Examples of drawling

  • A drawling voice from the War Office broke in upon his musings.

    The Education of Eric Lane

    Stephen McKenna

  • "We're all right also," said his lordship in his drawling voice.

  • "But she played her part with feelin' and power," was the drawling reply.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • "Love makes a good reader of a man," he said slowly, drawling his words.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Suddenly to his amazement he heard the drawling growl of Dan Boundary.

    Jack O' Judgment

    Edgar Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for drawling


  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 drawling



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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