drawl [dro:l US dro:l] v [I and T]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Probably from DRAW1]
to speak slowly, with vowel sounds that are longer than usual
'Can't do that,' he drawled languidly.
>drawl n [singular]
'What you got there?' he asked in a slow Texan drawl.

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  • drawl — drawl; drawl·er; drawl·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • drawl´er — drawl «drl», (verb, noun.) –v.t., v.i. to talk in a slow, lazy way, drawing out the vowels: »He drawled his words as if the effort of speech was too great for him. –n. a slow, lazy way of talking: »The captain strolls about in a relaxed manner,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Drawl — Drawl, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Drawled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawling}.] [Prob. fr. draw: cf. D. dralen to linger, tarry, Icel. dralla to loiter. See {Draw}, and cf. {Draggle}.] To utter in a slow, lengthened tone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drawl — Drawl, v. i. To speak with slow and lingering utterance, from laziness, lack of spirit, affectation, etc. [1913 Webster] Theologians and moralists . . . talk mostly in a drawling and dreaming way about it. Landor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Drawl — Drawl, n. A lengthened, slow monotonous utterance. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • drawl|y — «DR lee», adjective. of the nature of a drawl; characterized by drawing: »a drawly dialect …   Useful english dictionary

  • drawl — (v.) 1590s, perhaps from M.Du. dralen, E.Fris. draulen to linger, delay, apparently an intensive of the root of DRAW (Cf. draw). Or else a native formation along the same lines. Related: Drawled; drawling. As a noun from 1760 …   Etymology dictionary

  • drawl — [v] lengthen, draw out chant, drag out, drone, extend, intone, nasalize, prolong, pronounce slowly, protract, utter; concepts 77,239 Ant. clip, shorten …   New thesaurus

  • drawl — ► VERB ▪ speak in a slow, lazy way with prolonged vowel sounds. ► NOUN ▪ a drawling accent. ORIGIN from Low German or Dutch dralen delay, linger …   English terms dictionary

  • drawl — [drôl] vt., vi. [prob. freq. of DRAW] to speak slowly, prolonging the vowels n. a slow manner of speech characterized by prolongation of vowels drawler n. drawlingly adv …   English World dictionary

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