drawl

[drawl]

verb (used with or without object)

to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.

noun

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 drawling

slow, dull, droning, languid

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British Dictionary definitions for drawling

drawl

verb

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

noun

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 drawling

drawl

v.

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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