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[ in-drawn ]
/ ˈɪnˌdrɔn /


reserved; introspective: a quiet, indrawn man.
made with the breath drawn in: an indrawn sigh.

Nearby words

indoxyl, indoxyluria, indra, indraft, indraught, indrawn, indre, indre-et-loire, indri, indricothere, indricotherium

Origin of indrawn

First recorded in 1745–55; in-1 + drawn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for indrawn


/ (ˌɪnˈdrɔːn) /


drawn or pulled in
inward-looking or introspective
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Word Origin and History for indrawn



also in-drawn, 1751, from in (adv.) + past tense of draw (v.). Middle English had indrawing "action of drawing in" (late 14c.). The plain verb indraw is rare, late 19c., and might be a back-formation.

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