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[drawl] /drɔl/
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.
Origin of drawl
1590-1600; < Dutch or Low German dralen to linger
Related forms
drawler, noun
drawlingly, adverb
drawlingness, noun
drawly, adjective Unabridged
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  • It had absorbed the American accent, the American clip and drawl.

    The Love Affairs of Pixie Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
  • You know his drawl, when his muscles give him the respectful hesitation.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • If he should even speak, his soft Southern drawl would mean instant betrayal.

    My Lady of the North Randall Parrish
  • The drawl of the light voice with its rising inflection was only gently plaintive.

  • "I will," declared the child, her cheeks flushing with the pleasure that her drawl could not convey.

    The Opened Shutters Clara Louise Burnham
British Dictionary definitions for drawl


to speak or utter (words) slowly, esp prolonging the vowel sounds
the way of speech of someone who drawls
Derived Forms
drawler, noun
drawling, adjective
drawly, adjective
Word Origin
C16: probably frequentative of draw
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Word Origin and History for drawl

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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