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 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 Midway through his fourth year at Illinois, Smith’s career had become as sleepy as his east Texas drawl. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The reversal of Lovie Smith’s career trajectory is an even more stunning turnaround than Illinois’ comeback at Michigan State," 13 Nov. 2019 Paul Fitts was a handsome man with a soft Tennessee drawl, analytically minded but with a shiny wave of Brylcreemed hair, Elvis-like, which projected a certain suave nonconformity. Wired, "How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh," 13 Nov. 2019 The judge, in her light Southern drawl, offered the use of six empty conference rooms at the courthouse to help speed along potential negotiations with Mr. Ben-Avraham, Mr. Jackson or others. New York Times, "Barneys Is Sold for Scrap, Ending an Era," 1 Nov. 2019 The actor wears his fedora at a determinedly rakish tilt, but his swagger (and his intermittent Southern drawl) are more playacting than performance. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "His Dark Materials is definitely a better TV show than a movie," 16 Oct. 2019 His disarming southern drawl always belied his I’ll-do-the-dirty-work-without-remorse attitude and ever-present in-game scowl. BostonGlobe.com, "Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that Kendrick Perkins is fast becoming a star NBA analyst.," 8 Oct. 2019 The drawls of Gucci Mane and Kevin Gates, who is also featured on Kirk, seem like big influences. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "DaBaby Has Become Rap’s Reliable Resource," 1 Oct. 2019 Rolling off the tongue well when spoken with a drawl is an absolute must. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The 25 ‘most Southern rock’ musician names in Southern rock," 4 Sep. 2019 Standing onstage recently at the Troubadour, the artist who goes by that stage name greeted his audience in a low, booming drawl meant to summon memories of the late Johnny Cash. Los Angeles Times, "Country singer Orville Peck has a secret. No, not that one," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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“Drawl.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drawlingly?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=drawl002. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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