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drawl

[drawl] /drɔl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.
noun
2.
an act or utterance of a person who drawls.
Origin of drawl
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Dutch or Low German dralen to linger
Related forms
drawler, noun
drawlingly, adverb
drawlingness, noun
drawly, adjective
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  • "Reckon you're the meanest cuss in these woods," drawled Jim.

  • Grant laid a finger upon his arm and drawled his solution of a trivial mystery.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • “Ya-as, Cappin,” drawled out the lieutenant, with a coolness strongly in contrast with his excited manner on entering the glade.

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • "If he'll trail around with us for a while we may show him some of it here," he drawled.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • "In that case the experience may not seem so unpleasant to-morrow," drawled Silence.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • "I'm afraid I shouldn't be much good at the job," he drawled.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "Ya-as," drawled Deppy, with a look which was meant to convey the impression that he did not know who the deuce he was addressing.

    The Man From Brodney's George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for drawled

drawl

/drɔːl/
verb
1.
to speak or utter (words) slowly, esp prolonging the vowel sounds
noun
2.
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 drawled

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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