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[in-drawn] /ˈɪnˌdrɔn/
reserved; introspective:
a quiet, indrawn man.
made with the breath drawn in:
an indrawn sigh.
Origin of indrawn
1745-55; in-1 + drawn Unabridged
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  • indrawn, in′drawn, adj. drawn in: manifesting mental abstraction.

  • He paused midway in his phrase with indrawn breath, waiting for her reply.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • But Bianca's lips, parted, indrawn, seemed saying: 'You ask too much!

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • "It is so strange," said Hanny, with a long, indrawn breath.

    A Little Girl of Long Ago Amanda Millie Douglas
  • He checked on a long, shuddering, indrawn breath that was horrible to hear.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • A little, indrawn sigh of ecstasy from Patsy caused the tinker to turn about.

    Seven Miles to Arden Ruth Sawyer
  • Every now and then the sound of an indrawn breath would escape Poe, as if hot tears were choking him.

    Kennedy Square F. Hopkinson Smith
  • During the voyage home, Dawn was too indrawn to converse much with her father.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • A sneer gathered on her lips and indrawn nostrils as he made his appeal for the people's confidence.

    Hyacinth George A. Birmingham
  • "Oh-h," she whispered, but so low that he heard only a long, indrawn breath.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for indrawn


drawn or pulled in
inward-looking or introspective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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