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 drawl (audio) \ adverb

Noun

drawly \ ˈdrȯ-​lē How to pronounce drawl (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 Beatrice would move through the crowd all night, her soft voice (still sporting a Texas drawl) causing people to lean in. oregonlive, "Pioneering Black journalist Beatrice Morrow Cannady took on Oregon’s Ku Klux Klan, challenged official hypocrisy," 19 Feb. 2021 With his shambling gait, Missouri drawl, sly glances and exquisite timing, Hal Holbrook had, for all intents and purposes, become Mark Twain. Robert Berkvist, New York Times, "Hal Holbrook, Actor Who Channeled Mark Twain, Is Dead at 95," 2 Feb. 2021 And a lot of girls: in bars, in trucks, in boots and very fond of a drawl. Jon Pareles New York Times, Star Tribune, "New music review: Morgan Wallen escapes to a rural Neverland fantasy," 21 Jan. 2021 Despite a hint of a California drawl, her voice lacks a distinctive regional accent. Washington Post, "The sound of a shifting power structure," 13 Jan. 2021 In the track, listen to Lynn in her soothing and warmth-tinged drawl read the classic Christmastime poem. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," 23 Dec. 2020 On Sunday morning, two days after Christmas, the Rev. Calvin Brooks gave his holiday sermon, the folksy drawl of a lifelong Alabamian retelling the story of Jesus’ virgin birth. al, "Alabama church shares dead pastor’s last sermon: ‘Jesus first, others next, and yourself last’," 31 Dec. 2020 The series' Louisville, Kentucky, setting is completely unrelated other than a bourbon tasting and Jordan's Southern drawl. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Despite Mayim Bialik's best efforts, Fox's 'Call Me Kat' is a terrible snooze," 31 Dec. 2020 General Yeager came out of the West Virginia hills with only a high school education and with a drawl that left many a fellow pilot bewildered. New York Times, "Chuck Yeager, Test Pilot Who Broke the Sound Barrier, Is Dead at 97," 7 Dec. 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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“Drawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawl. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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 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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