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[drawl] /drɔl/
verb (used with object), verb (used 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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Examples from the web for drawl
  • Nye quickly became trademarked by her southern drawl and deadpan quips.
  • The sisters hid their emotions behind a lightly malicious banter and a languid upper-crust drawl.
  • Pronounced in a slightly patrician clenched-jaw drawl, this statement is jarring in two respects.
  • He speaks slowly, almost with a drawl, and it seems as if he might chuckle at any moment.
  • In fact, a few of the grizzled old clansmen lapse into an occasional drawl.
  • He spoke in a slow, rather satirical drawl, which was in itself irresistible.
  • These is no indication of tearfulness, with drawl, or reduced social interaction.
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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