drawl

verb
\ˈdrȯl \

Definition of drawl 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to speak slowly with vowels greatly prolonged

transitive verb

: to utter in a slow lengthened tone

drawl

noun

Definition of drawl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a drawling manner of speaking

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Other Words from drawl

Verb

drawler noun
drawlingly \ˈdrȯ-liŋ-lē \ adverb

Noun

drawly \ˈdrȯ-lē \ adjective

Examples of drawl in a Sentence

Verb

“Well, hello there,” she drawled. He drawled his name in a Southern accent.

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Her voice is often paired with someone rougher, lower, more likely to drawl out a rap in contrast to her rangy soprano. Rubi Jones, Teen Vogue, "Bebe Rexha Says Fighting Her Anxiety Is an Everyday Battle," 17 June 2018 Speaking of Southern drawls, what’s your favorite Southern expression? Jenna Bush Hager, Southern Living, "Dishing with Condoleezza Rice," 20 Mar. 2013 Speaking of Southern drawls, what’s your favorite Southern expression? Jenna Bush Hager, Southern Living, "Dishing with Condoleezza Rice," 20 Mar. 2013 Speaking of Southern drawls, what’s your favorite Southern expression? Jenna Bush Hager, Southern Living, "Dishing with Condoleezza Rice," 20 Mar. 2013 Short and spunky, with messy blonde hair, Marticek’s no-frills demeanor and Jersey accent stands out in a room full of Texas drawls. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Sandy survivors, a desire to help Texans avoid their mistakes," 28 Oct. 2017 The past few years have brought folksy screeching, glacial silences, drawling speech, powdery bleakness and spiritual solemnity Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Tasting Menu of Yelps and Hums at the Resonant Bodies Festival," 1 Sep. 2017 Their first order of business: Liberating from state custody the gifted vault-breacher Joe Bang, played by a tattooed, drawling Daniel Craig, in what ends up as a memorable departure from his other career as superspy James Bond. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "'Logan Lucky' review: Is Steven Soderbergh laughing with Southerners or at us?," 16 Aug. 2017 Muslet was born in Palestine but aggressively inhaled the idiom and drawled speech of his teenage years in Florida. Matt Wolfe, New Republic, "Why did Yousef Muslet face life in prison for an everyday gesture?," 2 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Smith said, in his gentle Southern drawl, during an interview at the headquarters of Local 1733 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Adelle M. Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Remembering King’s last sermon with renewed hope," 1 Apr. 2018 Harris, who enlisted in the Navy straight out of high school, hails from the mountains of North Carolina and speaks with a Southern drawl. Brenna Bailey, azcentral, "Trust, brotherhood and pink underwear: USS Phoenix submarine vets reflect on life at sea," 27 June 2018 She was born in Georgia, retired to Georgia and never lost her Deep South drawl. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Mildred McWhorter, Houston’s ‘Mother Teresa,’ founder of city missions, dies at 87," 21 June 2018 Actors usually take it too far on the Southern drawl and end up in hillbilly territory. Southern Living, "Annoying Things Movies Always Get Wrong About the South," 3 July 2018 Under the experienced eye of a Kentuckian with a soft drawl and 37 years of big-demo under his belt, the former General Motors auto plant, once the economic bedrock of this community, is being ripped, grappled, twisted and crushed to bits. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Demolition of former GM plant has begun, with the state giving Janesville $500,000 to help," 20 June 2018 Essentially, Galliano seeks to narrate the collection in his now-signature British drawl. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "John Galliano’s New Podcast Is Fashion ASMR," 22 June 2018 Now with a season of college baseball under his belt at Georgia Tech, the swift infielder from Loveland has gone from southern drawls to the Cape Cod league. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Loveland's Luke Waddell takes his game from Georgia Tech to Cape Cod baseball league," 19 June 2018 With a sagging mustache and a wide drawl, Ed has the air of a canny retired sheriff in a Sam Peckinpah movie. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of drawl

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

circa 1742, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for drawl

Verb

probably frequentative of draw

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The first known use of drawl was in 1598

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More Definitions for drawl

drawl

verb

English Language Learners Definition of drawl

: to speak slowly with vowel sounds that are longer than usual

drawl

verb
\ˈdrȯl \
drawled; drawling

Kids Definition of drawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to speak slowly with vowel sounds that are longer than usual

drawl

noun

Kids Definition of drawl (Entry 2 of 2)

: a way of speaking with vowel sounds that are longer than usual

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