- to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.
- an act or utterance of a person who drawls.
Origin of drawl
Examples from the Web for drawling
A drawling voice from the War Office broke in upon his musings.The Education of Eric Lane
"We're all right also," said his lordship in his drawling voice.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
"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
- to speak or utter (words) slowly, esp prolonging the vowel sounds
- the way of speech of someone who drawls
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.