[ drawl ]
/ drɔl /
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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.
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Origin of drawl
1590–1600; <Dutch or Low German dralen to linger
OTHER WORDS FROM drawldrawler, noundrawl·ing·ly, adverbdrawl·ing·ness, noundrawly, adjective
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How to use drawl in a sentence
The conductor drawling out the stations, the noisy going and coming produce almost no conscious impression on my senses.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
Never had he spoken a softer, more drawling speech, nor gazed at Bo more mildly.The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
As the argument proceeded, Arundel felt a touch on his elbow, heard the soft, drawling voice of Kentucky at his ear.Grapes of wrath|Boyd Cable
"Not while I've a ha'p'orth o' brains in my noddle," replied Sedgett, drawling an imitation of his enemy's courteous tone.Rhoda Fleming, Complete|George Meredith
The company there fell silent awhile, and then we heard Captain Collinson talking in even, drawling tones.Richard Carvel, Complete|Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for drawl
/ (drɔːl) /
to speak or utter (words) slowly, esp prolonging the vowel sounds
the way of speech of someone who drawls
Derived forms of drawldrawler, noundrawling, adjectivedrawly, adjective
Word Origin for drawl
C16: probably frequentative of draw
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