Definition of drawl in US English:



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  • Speak in a slow, lazy way with prolonged vowel sounds.

    with direct speech ‘“Suits me fine,” he drawled’
    • ‘I told Max how to say he didn't speak Spanish, and Chino snorted, drawling that he spoke some English.’
    • ‘Christa looked at her assessingly before drawling, ‘Well, you're always welcome to come back again, little one.’’
    • ‘The bell rang and I was jerked away from Ryan's drawling.’
    • ‘Milking the moment for all that it was worth he drawled that the admiral must know something that had passed him by.’
    • ‘A familiar voice drawled and the first person who had spoken grunted and walked away.’
    • ‘You can all too easily imagine him in a smoking jacket, wafting a martini about and drawling, ‘Hello, ladies’.’
    • ‘‘Hey kids, I like your style,’ he drawled, peering through the fug of smoke, and the dim light of his dated jalopy.’
    • ‘Then he looked at the newspaper and drawled loudly ‘News is news honey!’’
    • ‘‘Goodbye,’ she drawled, sullen and slow, like some big, bored, bothered grizzly bear.’
    • ‘‘I do hope you do something about those boys,’ Mr. Henries was drawling.’
    • ‘The moody-looking guy approached Tori rather tentatively, closing the gap till he was a mere foot from her, before drawling in a voice that reeked of liquor, ‘Are you Tori Roberts?’’
    • ‘Tyler drawled in that lazy voice of his, not even bothering to open his eyes.’
    • ‘I looked him up and down deliberately before drawling, ‘I don't see anything I want, so no, not particularly.’’
    • ‘Individual wrens emit nasal calls, some of which sound like a human voice drawling, ‘Where are you?’’
    • ‘‘I sent out this press release, and you're the first person who responded,’ he drawled.’
    • ‘Nobody drawled, he hadn't seen anyone mosey into or out of town, he wasn't permitted to carry a six-gun.’
    • ‘Once he remembered what happened last night, he immediately woke up, drawling out, ‘How are you doing?’’
    • ‘On the bus a couple of days ago, I heard a man sitting behind drawling away in some kind of impenetrable accent over the phone.’
    • ‘She did not back down, instead she continued drawling, ‘My patience is wearing thin, so follow closely and remain quiet if you would like to know the way to your room.’’
    • ‘One second he is drawling and smirking and throwing cheap insults at me, the next, he's gaping like a dumbstruck fool.’
    say slowly, speak slowly
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  • A slow, lazy way of speaking or an accent with unusually prolonged vowel sounds.

    ‘a Texas drawl’
    • ‘Miss Harris is pretty sprightly and talks faster than anyone I've met out here in the land of the slow drawl.’
    • ‘Ethan went on in a lazy drawl, as he concentrated on starting the car engine.’
    • ‘You struggled to understand Eddie - brilliantly mimicked by impressionist Mike Yarwood - who would suddenly lapse into an indecipherable drawl.’
    • ‘He was a cool drink of charcoal-mellowed whiskey with a slow drawl.’
    • ‘Someone speaking in a drawl called out, interrupting her conversation with herself.’
    • ‘After forty years I can now control the appearances of my Texas accent, my one weakness being proximity to anyone with a strong drawl of their own.’
    • ‘Sometimes he delivers with a Dylanesque drawl, while other times his control over his distinct warble and his musical acumen creates an aural beauty of a different kind.’
    • ‘‘I was wondering if you'd do me a favor,’ Kimberly began, in a slow drawl.’
    • ‘Instead of the melodious tones of an Irish brogue, the exaggerated drawl of an angry young man spat from the earpiece.’
    • ‘His British accent buried deep underneath a southern drawl, he commands this movie.’
    • ‘His speech - marked with the hint of a drawl, languid like a stretching cat - was punctuated with another chuckle.’
    • ‘After a bit of Kiwi and Louisaiana accent fumbling… I got to hear the sexy drawl of another very special friend of mine.’
    • ‘Her incisive, anti-male insults, delivered in a southern drawl, gave her a prominent reputation and within a few years she had started to appear in guest roles on TV.’
    • ‘His dress was casual, and he looked not the least bit tired, except in the slow drawl of his voice.’
    • ‘And her accent, which had once sounded so alluringly foreign, had flattened into a quasi-American drawl.’
    • ‘The 61-year-old mother of five and grandmother of seven is soft-spoken, with a pleasing drawl.’
    • ‘Often with little difficulty, we can ‘translate’ the southern drawl or clipped Yankee accent.’
    • ‘He said this in a lazy drawl, enjoying the sight of her pink face as it turned red.’
    • ‘He has a girlfriend over there, laps up very moment of the warm weather and has even softened his accent with the hint of a southern drawl.’
    • ‘There is a laconic drawl, an ever so slight nasal twang to his voice.’


Late 16th century: probably originally slang, from Low German or Dutch dralen ‘delay, linger’.