• WordNet 3.6
    • v drawl lengthen and slow down or draw out "drawl one's vowels"
    • n drawl a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Drawl A lengthened, slow monotonous utterance.
    • v. i Drawl To speak with slow and lingering utterance, from laziness, lack of spirit, affectation, etc. "Theologians and moralists . . . talk mostly in a drawling and dreaming way about it."
    • v. t Drawl To utter in a slow, lengthened tone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n drawl The act of drawling; a slow, unanimated utterance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Drawl drawl (obs.) to dawdle: to speak in a slow, lengthened tone
    • v.t Drawl to utter (words) in a slow and sleepy manner
    • n Drawl a slow, lengthened utterance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. fr. draw,: cf. D. dralen, to linger, tarry, Icel. dralla, to loiter. See Draw, and cf. Draggle


In literature:

He seldom spoke impulsively; and usually with a slow, quiet drawl.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
They sang, without any drawl or nasal intonation, straight out from their deep chests.
"Impressions of a War Correspondent" by George Lynch
And somehow his very drawling voice always made Frank quiver with instinctive dislike.
"The Saddle Boys in the Grand Canyon" by James Carson
Christianna listened, and then, with her eyes upon the heartsease, began to say good-bye in her soft, drawling voice.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Then she asked me in her slow, drawling way if I would listen to something she had to say to me.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
We could hear the son's eager questions, hear the older man's drawled replies.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Each one tried to argue his case in his own interest, and they thus drawled out their arguments.
"Golden Moments" by Anonymous
From the street below came a voice, drawling but clear.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Guns' drawl broke into his reverie.
"Slingshot" by Irving W. Lande
He spoke with a drawl, and Nat heard every word that he said.
"From Farm to Fortune" by Horatio Alger Jr.
Sometimes he used the speech and the slow drawl of the plainsman, and again he spoke with the correctness of one who has known good society.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
It had in it the sweet drawl of the South.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
He seemed to affect a drawl, and the grasp of his hand was not exactly hearty.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
Her drawl did seem to impress people, though she could never imagine why.
"Phyllis" by Dorothy Whitehill
It had absorbed the American accent, the American clip and drawl.
"The Love Affairs of Pixie" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Then, talking all the time in a high, drawling voice, she proceeded to get the evening meal ready.
"Black, White and Gray" by Amy Walton
Charley, you are so fool-hardy," drawled out Stephen; "I, for my part, don't see any fun in trifling with such serious matters.
"Washed Ashore" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then the reins of mule and horse were twisted from his stiff fingers, and Kirby's drawl broke through the coughing.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
He had become amazingly dependent upon a soft, drawling voice which day after day read to him for hours at a time.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Now emotion is what I dislike;' drawling out the last syllable of the word dislike.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow

In poetry:

And from the roomy threshing hall
The hammer strokes ring cheery,
The plane gives forth a crunching drawl,
The rasping saw sounds weary.
"The House In The Heath" by Annette Von Droste-Hulshoff
Mudknock, Balmawhistle, all
Only knew the Yankee drawl,
Never brogue was heard till when,
Foremost of his countrymen,
Hither came Friend Morrison;
"Abram Morrison" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Cool-babbling a fountain falls
From gryphons' mouths in porphyry;
Carp haunt its waters; and white balls
Of lilies dip it when the bee
Creeps in and drawls.
"Overseas" by Madison Julius Cawein
When I raise to come oot, for the sake o' langsyne,
I gie'd him some bawbees to keep me in min';
He drawl'd oot his thanks wi' his aul' usual spell,
Push'd me back from the chair, an' sat doon in't himsel'.
"Jock Buchan" by Alexander Anderson
On the morrow through the city we sauntered, arm in arm;
I strove to do the cicerone—my style was grand and calm.
I showed him all the lions—but I noted with despair
His smile, his drawl, his eye-glass, and his supercilious air.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin
My young bright life seemed blasted, my hopes were dead and gone,
No blighted lover ever felt so gloomy and forlorn;
I’d reached the suicidal stage—and the reason of it all,
This supercilious London swell, his eye-glass and his drawl.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin

In news:

Think of it as a dense verbal fiber made up of cryptic phrases and the veteran underground rapper's drawling flow.
The latest technology you are drawling over in the past has help build standard safety and other technology in the regular car you drive today.
As evidenced by our archives, we at the Cream can get into the drawling Southern rock 'n' roll of Deer Tick.
Are we losin' our drawl ya all.
'Bernie': True-crime comedy with a Texas drawl .
Pawlenty's drawl takes Minnesotans by surprise.
'Bernie' a drawling, endearing tale of murder.
Andy Griffith was beloved by TV viewers as the drawling star of the '60s sitcom 'The Andy Griffith Show' and later as a lawyer on 'Matlock'.
In pop culture, it's one of a few things: The long, slow drawl of the surfer, or how a valley girl ends her sentences, or the slang of East L.A.
Andy Griffith was beloved as the drawling star of the '60s sitcom 'The Andy Griffith Show' and later on 'Matlock'.
Always one with a flair for the dramatic, she lowered her voice and in her best Caribbean drawl asked me, "Are you going to shed tears.".
This was my third interview with the same gentlemanly white man with a soft Southern drawl.
With Spanish moss dripping from low-lying oak branches and egrets soaring overhead, life at this plantation-style luxury resort seems to move at the pace of a deep-southern drawl.
Justin's smooth, unhurried vocals contrast with dad's persistent rugged drawl, while Steve's political outspokenness is apparently not a gene that got passed down.
Chuck Prophet shapes his restless career with inimitable subtle flair: a vivid parade of razor-edged one-liners camouflaged in a slack-jawed drawl, songs about heartbreak and everyman heroism, drenched in twisted lines of rude Telecaster.

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