Definition of drawn in English:



  • past participle of draw


  • (of a person) looking strained from illness, exhaustion, anxiety, or pain.

    ‘Cathy was pale and drawn and she looked tired out’
    • ‘He had a drawn, gaunt face with a pair of extremely deep-set eyes.’
    • ‘Numbly peering at her drawn face, he drew back her sleeve without looking to feel for a pulse.’
    • ‘The worn canvas they hauled their belongings off with was nearly as haggard as their drawn expressions.’
    • ‘Cleo sat perched on a stool, looking drawn and anxious.’
    • ‘Seated in the same room was the King himself, his tired and drawn face resting in his hand as he slowly massaged his own temples.’
    worn, pinched, haggard, gaunt, drained, wan, hollow-cheeked
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