drawl

verb
\ ˈdrȯl How to pronounce drawl (audio) \
drawled; drawling; drawls

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 How to pronounce drawlingly (audio) \ adverb

Noun

drawly \ ˈdrȯ-​lē How to pronounce drawly (audio) \ 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: Verb 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, "Amazon's Crucible Magicks Gaming Clichés Into Something Fresh," 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, "Sleepy LaBeef, human jukebox of rockabilly music, dies at 84," 2 Jan. 2020 Her testimony came with rolled r’s and drawling vowels. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "What does female authority sound like? Marie Yovanovitch and Fiona Hill just showed us.," 22 Nov. 2019 Damon is fun to watch as the dry, drawling Texan Shelby. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Ford v Ferrari’ takes muscle car madness on a thrill ride (review)," 13 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His accent lands somewhere in between—part fourth-language hesitancy, part drawl. Lauren Hilgers, The New Yorker, "How Two Waves of Coronavirus Cases Swept Through the Texas Panhandle," 10 July 2020 Trimly built with a full head of very curly hair in his younger days, Davis still has the soft Southern drawl familiar to those who watched his TV show or listened to his radio appearances 20 or 30 years ago. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "‘He put recruiting on the front page’: Catching up with Forrest Davis," 15 June 2020 His deep-voiced drawl was featured on at least a dozen mixtapes created by the group’s leader, Robert Earl Davis Jr., aka DJ Screw. NBC News, "Family-friendly protest events find traction on Facebook," 3 June 2020 Heidi Gardner took on the role of Navarro coach Monica Aldama, speaking in a Southern drawl and conferring with her assistant coach (Adam Driver). Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "SNL Is As Obsessed With Cheer As You…But Does It Actually Understand The Show?," 26 Jan. 2020 Davidson—a towering 74-year-old Tennessean, has lived in Honduras for more than 30 years, but still speaks with a Southern drawl as thick as the humidity. Jordan Salama, Smithsonian Magazine, "How the Stunning Scarlet Macaw Came Back From the Brink," 28 Apr. 2020 Apple's music is controlled chaos anchored by her familiar staccato, which pretzels from a gentle whisper to an exasperated drawl in a matter of seconds. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Album review: Fiona Apple's 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters' is a blistering, emotional triumph," 18 Apr. 2020 For 42 seasons, Harwell's southern drawl never felt out of place coming out of downtown Detroit. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The Michigan Sports Mount Rushmore: Help us pick the best ever in this state," 9 Apr. 2020 In her brash Texas drawl, Jo Harvey laughed about their many near-divorces as Terry observed her gesticulations with a wry smile. John Lingan, Washington Post, "Terry Allen Finally Gets His Due," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for drawl

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The first known use of drawl was in 1598

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Last Updated

10 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawl. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for drawl

drawl

verb
How to pronounce drawl (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drawl

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

drawl

verb
\ ˈdrȯl How to pronounce drawl (audio) \
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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