1 of 2


drawled; drawling; drawls

intransitive verb

: to speak slowly with vowels greatly prolonged

transitive verb

: to utter in a slow lengthened tone
drawler noun
drawlingly adverb


2 of 2


: a drawling manner of speaking
drawly adjective

Examples of drawl in a Sentence

Verb “Well, hello there,” she drawled. He drawled his name in a Southern accent.
Recent Examples on the Web
The unofficial grand dame of Americana returns after a 2020 stroke that took the guitar from her hands but left her vocals as sassy, vulnerable and distinctively drawled as ever. Greg Carannante, Sun Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 Each room is a chapter of a long, drawling story that will never quite end. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 18 Dec. 2023 On The Diary, Scaface's flow has slowed considerably, with his Southern drawl creeping into his delivery. Lance Scott Walker, Chron, 2 May 2023 But then there was T.I. and his country drawl, kicking game in a wifebeater to any woman in a bikini willing to listen. Caleb Catlin, Billboard, 14 Apr. 2023 Johnny Cash drawled from a stereo speaker as prospective owners and foster parents drifted in and out of the building. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2023 Earl, a beer-bellied alien with a quad-cannon and a trucker hat, drawls about the simple life with a southern accent. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 27 May 2020 An imposing man who stood 6-feet-6 and weighed more than 250 pounds, Mr. LaBeef sang in a deep, drawling baritone. Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2020 Her testimony came with rolled r’s and drawling vowels. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2019
Yes, he's got the distinctive Memphis drawl and the shoe-polish black hair, but our only glimpse of him as a performer is one shot of him from behind in his Vegas-era white jumpsuit. EW.com, 24 Oct. 2023 Sure, the framing device, involving a P.I. (Kevin Kline) and an angel of death (Virginia Madsen), is a little contrived, and Garrison Keillor’s avuncular drawl may ring false to today’s ears. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Whether their Cajun accents are syrup-thick or just a drawl, these folks are welcoming and willing to share their stories, as Shannon Villemarette does. Robert N. Jenkins, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 His crystal clear words, dripping with his southside-of-Atlanta drawl, resonated with us as southerners. Essence, 10 Jan. 2024 The country star left such an impact on the former One Direction member that Horan can do a pretty accurate impression of his southern drawl, as the pop singer revealed on the Tuesday (Oct. 3) episode of The Jennifer Hudson Show. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 3 Oct. 2023 Shannon — with his square, stone-cut face and dark, flat slashes for eyes and mouth — has an unmistakable nasal drawl, level and unhurried but never casual, always edged with potential menace. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2023 He’s known to deliver the line with an exaggerated, cartoonish drawl. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 7 Nov. 2023 Lady Bird narrates the grisly events of that day — the day of Kennedy’s assassination — in her native Texan drawl: soft, lilting, touched with sadness but also steely resolve. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



probably frequentative of draw

First Known Use


1603, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1690, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drawl was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Drawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawl. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to speak slowly with vowels drawn out beyond their usual length


2 of 2 noun
: a drawling way of speaking

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